Dream Horse review: theaters are open, so British wellness comedy is back
Real: Euros Lyn. With: Toni Collette, Damian Lewis, Owen Teale, Joanna Page, Karl Johnson. PG certificate, 142 minutes
The reopening of cinemas at the dawn of summer necessitates the return of a certain brand of British wellness comedy. In the tradition of The full Monty (1997) and The Englishman who climbed a hill but came down from a mountain (1995), these stories see communities restored and united by a common passion, be it striptease or cartography. They boost the box office and breathe joy into the ever dark British Isles, before inevitably ending up on the DVD shelf of every existing Airbnb.
Dream horse fits this bill so perfectly, it’s almost Machiavellian. What he lacks in originality, he makes up for by the very strength of his sincerity. Like so many others, the film is inspired by a touching true story: In 2001, the small Welsh village of Cefn Fforest saw a brave group of locals come together to breed and breed a colt they named ” Dream Alliance “. each earning around Â£ 10 per week. Eventually the horse was able to race the Aintree and Newbury courses, winning several awards along the way. The story is well known enough to have already been the subject of a documentary, Black Horse – which won the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.