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Dark Horse

2015

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  • Osmond presses harder than needed on the heroic narrative pedal. But she's also wise enough to hand the storytelling over to the players, the exuberant, articulate leadership of a syndicate of 23 residents of the village of Cefn Fforest.

  • There is a natural drama built into any horse race, and watching the rather brutal Grand National is pretty nerve-wracking even without any interest in the outcome. Dark Horse is a beautifully shot documentary with a lot of love and good-natured stick-it-to-the-status-quo energy. Additionally there are some heart-stopping moments and some groundbreaking science in this film (animal-rights supporters, fear not).

  • Horse racing is the sport of kings, and of rich people. That’s what makes the story told in Louise Osmond’s lithe and lively documentary Dark Horse so remarkable, and so satisfying.

  • Unfolding with a sincerity that dares you to roll your eyes, this warmhearted documentary by Louise Osmond wallows in its working-class roots like a horse in clover... “Dark Horse” is a canny package that uses the classic structure of the sports-underdog story to deliver a glowing ode to community pride and the merits of collective action over individual gain.

  • It has all the elements of crowd-pleasing Britflicks such as “The Full Monty,” “Billy Elliott” and “Pride.” It almost cries out to be a Mike Leigh film starring Jim Broadbent and other members of the director’s stock company. Even with Leigh at the helm, though, it would be hard for any fictional treatment to beat the pleasures of Osmond's genial, enthralling documentary.