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Dream Horse (2020)


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Dream Horse, directed by Euros Lyn, is a fictionalized version of the story told in the 2015 documentary Dark Horse. A group of Welsh working-class villagers pool their money to breed and train a racehorse they name Dream Alliance. When the horse turns out to be a much better investment than expected, the surprise is more--surprising--in the documentary than in the fictional version. Under two hours isn't really that long by today's standards, but the film seemed to drag at times while hammering home class divisions and various characters' individual quirks and trials. However, Toni Collette is always worth watching, Sian Phillips has a nice minor role, and the racing footage is (I thought) well-shot for thrills. Three stars :)

There is this difference between the growth of some human beings and that of others: in the one case it is a continuous dying, in the other a continuous resurrection. (George MacDonald, The Princess and Curdie)

Isn't narrative structure enough of an ideology for art? (Greg Wright)

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