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Dark Horse

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Stirring, inspiring docu about unlikely champion.

Movie PG 2016 85 minutes
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This is a stirring, inspiring documentary about ordinary people venturing into the extraordinary. Director Louise Osmond masterfully intercuts interviews with giddy owners, a skeptical assistant trainer, and an astonished bookie with scenes of the adorable foal after birth, his training, and actual race footage, capturing the proud beauty inherent in both horses and strivers of all kinds.

These particular strivers are bent on crashing prescribed British class barriers, refusing to allow ridicule, condescension, and conventional wisdom to deter them. The owners' sense of triumph against socio-economic bias is echoed in sweeping shots of well-dressed racing patrons parading their finery at the race courses the miners have invaded. The barmaid sums up how the horse transformed its owners' lives: "I wasn't just Jan the cleaner. When I went to the races, I was Jan the owner."

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