Watch at Home: ‘The Mustang’ & more from female filmmakers

Matthias Schoenaerts appears in The Mustang by Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
Matthias Schoenaerts appears in The Mustang by Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services.
Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 6/13/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews posted the week of their theatrical release):

  • Five Feet Apart – Mikki Daughtry (co-writer)
  • Captive State – Erica Beeney (co-writer)
  • Head Count – Elle Callahan (director)
  • The Mustang – Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre (director/co-writer), Mona Fastvold (co-writer)
  • Say My Name – Deborah Frances-White (writer)

DANIELLE’S TOP PICK OF THE WEEK

This week’s selection is The MustangThe Mustang shines a light on the ways that the government controls the wild mustang populations by way of prisoner rehabilitation programs.
Following a quick prologue about the history of the wild mustangs in America, we meet meet Roman Coleman (Matthias Schoenaerts) at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center.  As a part of his prison duties, a prison psychologist (Connie Britton) assigns Roman to the Outside Maintenance program.  Roman goes outside of his boundaries by investigating a loud banging noise.  Next thing we know, he gets a warning from veteran trainer Myles (Bruce Dern).  Myles clues Roman in on the history behind mustangs and how they are going to be sold at auction in 90 days.
Roman can’t help but show more of an interest in these mustangs.  This is where experienced inmate trainer Henry (Jason Mitchell) lends Roman a hand.  With their help, Roman is the newest member of the wild mustang training program.  The horse that Roman gets paired with?  Let’s just say that it takes a while for the two of them to completely bond together.  This bonding experience provides to be good for Roman, who is halfway through his prison sentence.  It’s enough that Roman even names him Marquis.
The Mustang is able to successfully blend aspects of the prison drama and Western in a tale about a prisoner and his horse.  While told in a narrative form, the Wild Horse Inmate Program could easily be depicted in a documentary.
Please click HERE for my full review.
© Danielle Solzman (06/13/19) FF2 Media
Featured photos from The Mustang EPK
Photo Credits: Focus Features/Sundance Institute

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