October 3, 2022
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Motion pictures about previous warriors typically observe a well-thumbed playbook. The hero — typically an athlete, although generally a soldier, cowboy, outlaw or spy and nearly inevitably a man — wearily shakes off the mud, girds his loins and faces the subsequent, maybe remaining chapter. After which he climbs again within the fray, the ring, the saddle. “It’s about how laborious you may get hit,” within the phrases of Rocky Balboa, the patron saint of cinema’s comeback olds, “and hold shifting ahead.”

The sunshine is gorgeous in “Jockey,” an pleasing old-warrior film with a shocking sting, even when the bones and story are creaky. By human years, Jackson Silva (Clifton Collins Jr.), who’s meant to be in his mid-40s, isn’t all that aged. By skilled racing requirements he’s an vintage. (The celebrated jockey Gary Stevens got here out of retirement twice and even completed second at age 52 within the 2015 Kentucky Derby earlier than retiring for good a couple of years later.) A well-respected veteran of racing’s decrease ranks, Jackson works and broods at Turf Paradise, a (actual) observe in Arizona the place thoroughbreds and quarter horses are stabled, educated and raced amid a hive of trainers, jockeys, grooms and miscellaneous others.

Sentimental but additionally trickier and extra complicated than its gleaming surfaces recommend, “Jockey” is a portrait of a person dealing with his mortality or no less than skilled redundancy. Worn out and visibly ragged, Jackson doesn’t appear to be a person with a wide-open future. He’s affected by an enigmatic, agonizing illness that impacts totally different components of his physique although largely his fingers, which at instances violently tremble, an issue given {that a} crop is a instrument of his commerce. He rigorously hides his ache, or nearly. However there’s no obscuring that he’s carrying some extra weight, too, one other legal responsibility on condition that he’s already conspicuously on the tall aspect for the job.

Motion pictures set in opposition to the backdrop {of professional} horse racing typically concentrate on the journey, not the rider, and the emphasis tends to be much less on the animals and extra on the struggles and victories of their human handlers: their house owners, trainers, and variety or merciless attendants. As its title publicizes, “Jockey” without delay follows that acquainted script but in addition tweaks it by narrowing in on one man and, to a lesser extent, the world that he embodies. At its most interesting — and with assist from nonprofessionals, together with actual jockeys like Logan Cormier — it brings you into shabby again rooms during which riders pray, naked scars and anxiously, excitedly, anticipate the subsequent race.

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