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The Mustang
Archived: The Mustang - Nevada (2019)

director: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre

composer: Jed Kurzel
With: Matthias Schoenaerts, Bruce Dern, Jason Mitchell, Gideon Adlon, a.o.

duration: 96 minutes

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Film Fest Gent - The Mustang

'The Mustang' is a tale of a man and his horse. Matthias Schoenaerts plays a troubled convict, Roman Coleman, who is detained at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center. He is prone to violence and resists every effort to be reintegrated into society. To diffuse his erratic temper, the convict is placed in a rehabilitation program. Here, each prisoner gets challenged to train a wild Mustang in five weeks' time. Soon, man and horse recognize themselves in one another, paving the way for a tender drama about guilt and the process of healing. Director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre took inspiration from an existing programme in the US, in which detainees train wild horses for auctions. The theme and cinematography of the film, as well as Schoenaerts' performance received praise at its premiere in the US. As Variety's Owen Gleibermann wrote: "'The Mustang' is a touching and original piece of bare-bones sentimental humanism, and Schoenaerts is terrific in it."


director: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
composer: Jed Kurzel
producer: Adrian Politowski, Alain Goldman, Cédric Iland, Catherine Morisse
screenplay: Brock Norman Brock & Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
Editor: Géraldine Mangenot
Cinematography: Ruben Impens

production company: Nexus Factory

More info

dialogue: English
subtitles: Dutch/Fr subt.
Country: France - Belgium - United States of America
year: 2019


LAURE DE CLERMONT-TONNERRE: Atlantic Avenue (2013, short), Rabbit (2014, short), Demain si j'y suis (2016, TV series), The Mustang (2019).

Technical Specs

format: DCP
frame: 1:1,66
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