The Mustang, Untamed

Prisoners Rehab with the Help of Wild Horses

BY: Claire Connors

Debuting at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in the Premieres section, The Mustang already has the thumbs up of its producer and SFF founder, Robert Redford. Under the direction of French writer/actor/director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), it’s the story of a rehabilitation program for prisoners involving working with Mustangs, the wild horses running through western America.

The film is based on fact, about a few actual horse taming programs being operated in prisons and how it effects the incarcerated men. The aim being to teach prisoners life skills that will help integrate them back into society and keep them from reoffending.

In The Mustang, we meet Roman Coleman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a violent prisoner with little hope of ever rejoining society. The prison psychologist (Connie Britton, so good in Dirty John) encourages him to try the Mustang project, learning to connect with the animals that may need a little taming themselves. The ruggedly handsome Schoenaerts, who played another wild man in the 2013 romantic drama, Rust and Bone, is perfectly cast as Coleman, a hardened criminal whose broken heart and spirit is mended by the majestic Mustang he learns to love.

The Mustang will debut at Sundance and then opens wide March 15th.