Vernon Film Society Director: Cindy Meehl
Cast: Buck Brannaman, Robert Redford
Run Time: 88 minutes
Country: United States
Year: 2011
Language: English
Rating: G (Coarse language)

An unexpectedly captivating portrait and character study, Buck examines the life, career and philosophies of real life ‘horse whisperer’ Buck Brannaman. An official selection of the 2011 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Buck succeeds in connecting with and charming audiences of all ages.

A master in the field of natural horsemanship, Brannaman’s training techniques stand in stark contrast with traditional ideas of ‘breaking horses’ which he sees as cruel and unnecessary. Advocating a humane, gentle and respectful approach to working with horses, Brannaman calms some of the most difficult animals while exhibiting extraordinary communication and control.

Having served as the inspiration for Robert Redford’s film The Horse Whisperer, the legendary actor appears in this film as one of Brannaman’s countless supporters and admirers, citing his extraordinary talents in communicating with horses. The film follows Brannaman across the United States where he is in constant demand, teaching seminars to those eager to learn from the master and change the manner in which horses are trained. Buck offers viewers unfamiliar with ranch life and introduction rife with stunning visuals, providing a window into landscapes and a way of life that have become increasingly rare in contemporary culture. Horses are Brannaman’s life work, but his humble manner and easy-going charm will appeal to a wide audience beyond cowboys Insight into Brannaman’s childhood of rodeo stardom and devastating physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his father adds weight to this compelling narrative. From this difficult early period, Brannaman emerges wiser and committed to helping troubled animals, or as he wryly puts it “horses with people problems.”

" [The film] keeps you fascinated, even enthralled; elicits astonishment, even wonderment, and makes you grateful for the chance to meet someone remarkable. " – Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal

Reviews: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1753549/criticreviews

Official Website and trailer: http://www.buckthefilm.com/

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