USA / 2021 / 94'
Director: Clint Bentley
Producer: Clint Bentley, Greg Kwedar, Nancy Schafer
Cast: Clifton Collins Jr., Molly Parker, Moises Arias
Dramatic Special Jury Award Acting for Clifton Collins Jr. at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.
An aging jockey hopes to win one last title for his longtime trainer, who has acquired what appears to be a championship horse.
Variety film critic Peter Debruge named "Jockey" the best film of 2021, writing, "A gifted character actor with more than 70 credits to his name, Collins has waited his entire career for an opportunity like this, but instead of overplaying such an emotional part, he reins it in for even greater impact. Together with inner-city family drama 'Concrete Cowboy' (another 2021 treasure), this sensitive indie offers a window into a seldom-seen milieu in which professional actors and real-life horsemen appear side by side — both crucial experiments as our collective sense of authenticity evolves.
Roger Moore, Movie Nation
Clint Bentley's debut feature film is an elegiac tribute to the lonely, dangerous and tenuous life of a jockey. Filmed in "magic hour" glow, with almost every scene a beautifully backlit postcard, Jockey makes a fine star vehicle for one of the finest character actors working today, Clifton Collins, Jr.