While participating in a rehabilitation program training wild mustangs, a convict at first struggles to connect with the horses and his fellow inmates, but he learns to confront his violent past as he soothes an especially feisty horse.
"Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s impressive directing debut is a grounded, gutsy drama set in a maximum-security prison in Nevada where violent prisoners bond with wild mustangs as part of a rehabilitation programme. Her film manages to be inspirational without going Disney."
"There’s an affinity between horses and a certain kind of damaged, inarticulate manhood that has been explored by cinema since pretty much the first big-screen cowboy straddled his steed and rode off into the sunset. But the broken man breaking horses vein has been particularly rich of late, first with Chloé Zhao’s The Rider and now Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s The Mustang (with Lean on Pete cantering around the edge of the genre)."