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Buck Brannaman: Himself
Review June 2011

Winner of the documentary Audience Award at this year's Sundance film festival, Buck is the remarkable story of Buck Brannaman, who provided the inspiration for Robert Redford's The Horse Whisperer. A highly talented, charismatic, and humane horse trainer, Buck travels year round to help owners become one with their steed instead of the more traditional route by force. And while this may sound about as exciting as watching the grass grow, director Cindy Meehl finds the dramatic truth behind Buck's success - a past that includes physical and mental abuse from an alcoholic father, the death of his mother, and how those scars have given him empathy for vulnerable animals. This isn't about pet psychics. This is about the truth, about how an animal's behavior is a reflection of their owner's. And why animals cannot always be tamed. An inspiring and honest film, Buck is a fascinating look at one man's approach to life through horses, hard work, and compassion.

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