A Lyrical Portrait of Life After the Rodeo, The Rider is primarily concerned with the body and brain of Brady (Brady Jandreau) a rising rodeo champ whose career is cut short by a major head injury.
Brady Blackburn, a rodeo rider with some renown, learned everything he knows about horses and riding from his parents, Wayne and the now deceased Mari Blackburn. Brady is recovering from a fall off a horse in a rodeo, the most serious of the injuries being a skull fracture which required a metal plate being inserted into his head. Brady is determined to get back up onto the literal and proverbial horse as quickly as possible as being a cowboy is all he knows. But deep in his heart he knows that returning to the rodeo may have too many risks.
In telling the story of a disappearing slice of America, Director Chloé Zhao has created a portrait of resilience, and the bonds that last even after the rodeo’s over.
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