MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +4

Content: +3

Documentary/bio from Sundance Selects about “horse whisperer” Buck Brannaman. Robert Redford is featured. Directed by Cindy Meehl.

FILM SYNOPSIS: The documentary follows horse trainer, Buck Brannaman from his abusive childhood to his phenomenally successful approach to horses. A real-life "horse-whisperer", he eschews the violence of his upbringing and teaches people to communicate with their horses through leadership and sensitivity, not punishment. Buck possesses near magical abilities as he dramatically transforms horses - and people - with his understanding. In this film, the animal-human relationship becomes a metaphor for facing the daily challenges of life. A truly American story about an unsung hero. An ordinary man who has made an extraordinary life despite tremendous odds.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Engaging, insightful, a true pleasure, Buck is a fascinating movie-going experience. The description from the press synopsis says it all: “In this film, the animal-human relationship becomes a metaphor for facing the daily challenges of life.”

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Sundance Selects

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: Two obscenities (the s-word and SOB) and several minor expletives.

Profanity: None

Violence: A man is bitten by a horse, we see blood.

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: The film discusses an abusive childhood where a father had beaten his two young sons. The abuse story may be upsetting for little ones, but Buck and his brother were taken in by good Foster parents, with the community rallying behind the boys.

Running Time: 88 minutes
Intended Audience: Families, 8 and up

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