“The Mustang” (Focus)

Matthias Schoenaerts stars in a scene from the movie "The Mustang." The Catholic News Service classification is A-lll -- adults. (CNS/Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service

Director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, who co-wrote the screenplay with Mona Fastvold and Brock Norman Brock, has tailored this drama around a real-life horse-taming program for inmates operated by the Bureau of Land Management.

A prisoner (Matthias Schoenaerts) at Northern Nevada Correctional Center learns to soothe both his own demons and the wildest horse in training. The predictability of the story doesn’t lessen the joy of experiencing his progress as he bonds with the animal. Mostly there’s equine therapy at work here, soothing to man and beast alike, with both only seeking their freedom.

Knife and physical violence, references to drug dealing, a few profanities, some rough and crude language. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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