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DREAM HORSE

DREAM HORSE

Euros Lyn · UK · 2020 · 114 mins · G
IMDb88%

Toni Collette is a sure thing in Dream Horse. Based on the true story of a group of down-on-their-luck Welsh villagers who pool their assets to sponsor a racehorse, the movie goes a long way on the strength of the Oscar-nominated actress’s emotional performance as an unfulfilled wife and mother who decides to bet on herself.

Set in the economically depressed Welsh community of Cefn Fforest, Dream Horse stars Collette as Jan Vokes, who works at a co-op and a bar to make ends meet. (Her husband Brian, played by Owen Teale, is out of work because of crippling arthritis.) With their kids grown, Jan (who’s always adored animals) is having trouble coping as an empty-nester — which partly explains her interest in supporting a racehorse, which might be a financial windfall and, more importantly, a way to add meaning to what she feels is a pretty humdrum life.

Recalling indie hits such as The Full MontyDream Horse is principally a salute to small-town characters who take a chance, in the process finding personal satisfaction. To raise the money, Jan and Brian start up a syndicate that includes other locals — notably, a tax advisor named Howard (Damian Lewis) who has experience with racehorses. Dream Horse soon brings together a cadre of colourful supporting players, although the movie is principally focused on Jan, Brian and Howard, who all look at their horse, whom they christen Dream Alliance, as a symbol of hope for a village that hasn’t known much optimism in a long time. Dream Horse exudes such good feeling, the movie’s got spirit and finishes strong.—ScreenDaily

“This is a small, sentimental and straightforward film that wins on heart and a simple message about the value in fighting to keep one's dreams alive.”—The Globe and Mail


“The feelgood Brit-com is back!”—Times UK

Cast Toni Collette, Owen Teale, Damian Lewis
     
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