The Rider Explores Daredevil Masculinity Through the Rodeo

Big chunks of Lakota cowboy Brady Jandreau’s biography appear in The Rider, a new drama about an injured rodeo performer torn between his new reality and everything he knows himself to be. The near-fatal accident that Jandreau suffered at age 20, when a horse stomped on his head, makes it into writer-director Chloé Zhao’s naturalistic but often tense film. So do Jandreau’s real-life father Tim, autistic younger sister Lilly, and best friend Lane Scott, a former rider paralyzed at age...

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