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posted Friday, June 24, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 25
Ethereal Buck whispers universal truths
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Ethereal Buck whispers universal truths

by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN Contributing Writer

Buck
Opening June 24


Buck, the new documentary about noted cowboy and 'Horse Whisperer' Buck Brannaman, is a delight in every way. Transcendent, emotional, moving, informative, and ethereal, this surprisingly tough-minded look at a man and his life's work is a wonderful excursion that says just as much about the viewer as it does about the figure at the center of it all.

Director Cindy Meehl follows Brannaman as he crisscrosses the country on his annual nine-month tour of horse shows, county fairs, rodeos, and specialized training events. She photographs him with loving attention to detail, giving just as much weight to his moments caressing and relaxing even the most uneasy of horses as she does the ones where he lets their owners know exactly what he thinks of them. This is a man who doesn't pull any punches, refuses to compromise, and yet treats all who surround him with a calm serenity.

What makes this aura of tranquil civility all the more surprising is that Buck didn't exactly have the easiest of childhoods. Forced to perform in traveling road shows with his brother by an iron-willed father who would frequently abuse and belittle him, the fact that this mild-mannered cowpoke became so easy-going and relaxed is astonishing. His insights into horses are the same ones he uses when looking at people, finding correlations that have allowed him to become something of a cultural icon and folk hero.

Interview subjects include Robert Redford, who directed the film version of The Horse Whisperer, Buck's wife Mary, and his teenage daughter Reata, with various other figures from his past and present popping in to add more insight. But it is the man himself who cuts the most impassioned swath, and listening to him talk about Reata and what she means to him was enough to bring tears to my eyes.

Then there are the sequences of him handling the horses. These scenes are so transcendent that they seem staged. But what makes them most amazing is when things don't work out the way Buck would like them to, when he must take an owner aside and let her know that the way she is handling her horses is bad for the animal - and her, as well. These sequences, the ones showing how he is able to handle disappointment, hit home the hardest, and are intimate and moving reminders that even when something goes tragically wrong, something else magnificent and life-affirming can still rise out of the despair.

'Your horse is a mirror to your soul,' stated Brannaman, with his typically casual nonchalance. 'Sometimes you may not like what you see. Sometimes, you will.' It's this sort of straightforward thinking and belief that allows Buck to connect.

As the movie progressed, it burrowed deeper and deeper within my psyche until it touched my soul. Meehl's debut isn't so much a documentary as it is a heartfelt country song celebrating family, faith, and forgiveness. It is a mesmerizing spectacle showcasing a man as he truly is, laid bare, and even in his failures, managing to find cause for celebration.

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