The Rider

Out Now On-Demand

Fact and fiction collide as director Chloé Zhao (Songs My Brothers Taught Me) tells the story of a young cowboy's search for a new identity after a near-fatal accident - a fictionalised account, starring the real-life rider and his family. 

"In 2015, director Chloé Zhao met a 20-year-old cowboy named Brady Jandreau, a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, and decided to make a film about him. A year later, Brady’s skull was crushed during a rodeo competition and he was very nearly killed. His doctors warn him that to ride again would jeopardise his life, but Brady is determined to return to what he was born to do. Zhao carefully considered the physical and psychological impacts on the young man, and then cast him, his family and friends as versions of themselves in a film that meticulously details Brady’s fight to regain control of his fate. The challenges facing the American cowboy, a staple of so many films, seldom receive so complex an appreciation as in Zhao’s stunning study." (Sydney Film Festival)


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Drama, Festival & Independent


Rating: M Mature themes and coarse language


Hollywood Reporter


Beautifully captures the way a handful of people stoically deal with the meager hands life has dealt them.

Los Angeles Times


"The Rider" comes as close to a spiritual experience as anything I've encountered in a movie theatre this year.

New York Times


Ms. Zhao's commitment to her craft - she knows how to take care and when to take risks - matches Brady's.



Filmmaker Chloé Zhao turns the story of real-life bronc rider Brady Jandreau into a gritty, graceful character study. Once The Rider hooks you - and believe me, it will - there's no way you will ever forget it.

Vanity Fair


The movie is soulful, elegant, filmed as often as not at the magic hour, when the sky is as broad as it is orange-yellow, and every nook of the world seems alight with possibility.

Variety (USA)


Gains artful integrity from Zhao's favored docu-fiction technique - roughly tracing a script around the experiences of her non-professional actors - and dusty-dreamy visual style.