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The Mustang (2019)

R | | Drama | 19 June 2019 (France)
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The story of Roman Coleman, a violent convict, who is given the chance to participate in a rehabilitation therapy program involving the training of wild mustangs.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Matthias Schoenaerts ... Roman
Jason Mitchell ... Henry
Bruce Dern ... Myles
Gideon Adlon ... Martha
Connie Britton ... Psychologist
Josh Stewart ... Dan
Thomas Smittle Thomas Smittle ... Tom
Keith Johnson Keith Johnson ... Elijah
Noel Gugliemi ... Roberto
James McFarland James McFarland ... Inmate at Anger Management
Sean Patrick Bridges Sean Patrick Bridges ... Photographer
George Schroeder George Schroeder ... Officer Peters
Gregory Williams Gregory Williams ... Auctioneer
Joseph Bartlett Joseph Bartlett ... Guard at Roman's Cell
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The story of Roman Coleman, a violent convict, who is given the chance to participate in a rehabilitation therapy program involving the training of wild mustangs.

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Taglines:

Untamed Souls. Kindred Spirits.

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Rated R for language, some violence and drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 2019 (France) See more »

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The Mustang See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$71,657, 17 March 2019

Gross USA:

$5,043,620

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,405,816
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Color

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre's feature film directorial debut. She developed Mustang through the Sundance Labs and received the Sundance Institute/NHK Award for the project in 2015. See more »

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At the auction in the film, it's stated a horse is sold to the "Las Vegas Police Department." There is no such organization; Vegas' police force is known as the "Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department" (LVMPD for short). See more »

Quotes

Martha: When I was six, I, uh, started to write letters of support to your parole board. But your parole was always denied, so I thought it was my fault that you were still in prison, because I wasn't a good enough writer. Then, when I got older, I understood. You didn't want to get out. So I stopped writing. I kept one of those letters. "My dad is fun. Send him back home".
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II Prelude to Love
Written & Performed by Helmuth Brandenburg, Gerhard Narholz (as Otto Sieben) & The Philharmonic Pop Orchestra
Courtesy of APM Music
Published by Vivatone Editions (GEMA)/Sonoton APM (ASCAP)
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A lovely tale
19 June 2019 | by FrenchEddieFelsonSee all my reviews

Yesterday evening, I saw this film at a premiere in the presence of the actor Matthias Schoenaerts, the director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, the producer Alain Goldman and part of the film crew, within UGC Les Halles, in Paris. Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre and Alain Goldman briefly mentioned the manifold difficulties dealing with the making of a first film abroad. Women in the audience were clearly under the spell of Matthias Schoenaerts who behaved like he was himself under Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre's spell.

Without unduly spoiling the script, Roman Coleman (Matthias Schoenaerts) is incarcerated for aggravated violence. After a decade in prison, most under total isolation, he has the opportunity to benefit from a rehabilitation program involving the training of wild mustangs. But before controlling a wild animal such as a mustang, first you must be able to control yourself. And that's definitely the point. Thus, we see Roman (the prisoner) and Marquis (the mustang) taming to each other, as the fox and the little prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 1943).

The script is predictable and the taming phase is described as elliptically as naively, but we can easily cope with this secondary observation. Moreover, the cast is excellent, the Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts enjoying a legendary charisma and a remarkable aura. He is also perfectly seconded by Jason Mitchell and Bruce Dern. In fact, I was particularly moved by the message of hope transpiring throughout the entire film, a prison being generally reduced to the single status of « let's hide the dust under the carpet », that is to say that as long as the scum is in jail, the society will feel better (it is certainly a plus) but without really worrying about the after-jail (that's weird, isn't it?)

As a synthesis: a lovely tale brimming with beneficence, philanthropy and humanity. 7/8 of 10.


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