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  • Summary: In a small village near Paris, 14-year-old boys and girls enter the training center for future lads and jockeys. For these young pupils, the transition between the family environment and this new world is brutal. Though sharing the world of teenagers – flirting, cell phones and PlayStation – they enter a world where the comfort of the horses comes before that of the human. This documentary film tells the story of Steve, Florian and Flavien during their first year of apprenticeship. It leads to Flavien’s first race, which officially puts him in the restricted world of jockeys. (Music Box Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Nov 29, 2011
    70
    Director Benjamin Marquet mingles black-and-white footage of students past with that of his current focus - three 14-year-olds in their first year of a jockey apprenticeship - to build a sense of specificity and continuum into a timeless passage.
  2. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Nov 30, 2011
    70
    A must for the equine-inclined, and a candid look at fearful ambition.
  3. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Dec 1, 2011
    67
    By giving the boys onscreen room to be goofy and immature, Marquet makes the film something warmer than a formal study in discipline and being made to grow up before their time.
  4. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Dec 3, 2011
    63
    Half-formed expressions of disappointment, hope, struggle, confusion, and boyish playfulness on faces otherwise marked by youth's inexperience, and a self-consciousness brought on by the curiosity of being filmed, constitute the most memorable moments of Lads & Jockeys, a documentary on 14-year-old aspiring jockeys in France.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Dec 1, 2011
    60
    Lads & Jockeys conveys first-race terrors and last-place humiliation with indulgent thoroughness.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Dec 1, 2011
    40
    Racing enthusiasts will appreciate historical footage, while a thread about a new student overwhelmed by his responsibilities has promise. But after a decent start, Marquet stumbles, never making it across the finish line.

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