June 28, 2022

An growing older jockey (Clifton Collins Jr., proven), hopes to win one final title for his longtime coach (Molly Parker), who has acquired what seems to be a championship horse in Jockey.Adolpho Veloso/Courtesy of Sony Footage Classics / Mongrel Media

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Directed by Clint Bentley

Written by Clint Bentley and Greg Kwedar

Starring Clifton Collins Jr., Molly Parker and Moises Arias

Classification R; 93 minutes

Opens March 4 in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal theatres, with extra cities all through spring

Critic’s Choose

Even when you’ll by no means perceive the attraction of horse-racing (responsible, regardless of how a lot Michael Mann and David Milch tried to persuade me in any other case with their ill-fated HBO sequence Luck), then you have to make time to giddy-up for the brand new drama Jockey. The chief cause: Clifton Collins Jr., a long-time “hey-it’s-that-guy!” character actor who delivers a lead efficiency that may lastly make you keep in mind his title.

After peppering every thing from Visitors to Capote to Westworld to Pacific Rim, Collins Jr. lastly will get the starring position of a lifetime right here as Jackson, a veteran jockey who has pushed his physique to the restrict. Dealing with an unsure future on the observe, Jackson should determine whether or not he can push himself for yet one more race, or give himself a break and be taught to mentor a brand new younger rider, Gabriel (Moises Arias), who wanders into his life someday claiming to be his son.

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The dramatic set-up courtesy of director and co-writer Clint Bentley (whose household has a protracted historical past on the observe) isn’t precisely novel, however the movie’s acute sense of place and specificity of career lends Jockey an authenticity that’s irresistible.

Collins Jr., who misplaced a complete lot of weight for the position, pulls off a novel trick right here: He doesn’t precisely reinvent himself as a performer – his prior supporting performances have been at all times compelling, layered, magnetic – however as an alternative has constructed upon his a long time of yeoman’s work to ship a number one man absolutely fashioned with the scars of a life fully lived. You consider Collins Jr. as Jackson partly you as a result of you’ve a shared historical past of watching the actor slip out and in of dozens of different productions through the years.

Molly Parker as Ruth Wilkes and Clifton Collins Jr. as Jackson Silva in Jockey.Adolpho Veloso/Courtesy of Sony Footage Classics / Mongrel Media

Add in an ace supporting flip from Molly Parker as Jackson’s favorite horse-trainer and a brisk operating time that arrives fully trimmed of narrative fats, and Jockey finishes a first-place winner with out even needing to run an precise race.

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