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BMZ Review: Horses: The Story of Equus
By Ross Anthony


Pony Expression
Written by: Ross Anthony
Source: Ross Anthony's Hollywood Report Card
Date: May 2002


Category: Reviews

With a bit of Arabian influence backing the score, we follow the varied lives of three newborn foals. Even at birth they endear themselves to us, stretching out their legs, attempting to pitch themselves into a stance, each doddering like popsicle sticks joined by a rubber band.

Eventually the ponies are separated from their parents and sold at auction. One, through a fake freak accident, heads for the forest to enjoy/endure the proud, harsh, lonely mustang existence. One horse is bridled and taught to compete in the rigid world of show-jumping. But stubborn horse and stubborn rider don't quite see eye to eye, so this horse is sold off to a stunt animal trainer where the second fake freak accident occurs. The third, remaining horse trots off to the track, racing alongside other able thoroughbreds.

The two contrived accidents aside, the tale feels true and warm-hearted, told with love and care for the animal. (The director told us that such a bond occurred between he and those three horses that they now live with him in Australia.)

The production is mostly horse-centered as evidenced by its pointed comments towards racing, "Speed evolved for protection is now used for our entertainment."

Highlights include: horses galloping along the sandy-beach coastline, slow-mo horse race, one particular shot of horse and rider jumping the camera.

On the whole, simply, one of the warmest LF pictures I've seen to date.

Narrated by Gabriel Byrne.
DP: Tom Cowan.
Written and directed by Michael Caulfield.
Produced by Lix Butler & Caulfield at The Australian Film Finance Corp (c) 2002.

Grade ...................................................B+ (Strong)

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Copyright (C) 2002. 
Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.  For more reviews visit:

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