Directed by: Euros Lyn
Canada, 2020, 113m
Based on the incredible true story that was the subject of the 2015 Sundance Audience Award-winning documentary Dark Horse, this almost unbelievable tale is set in a sleepy working-class community in South Wales. Jan Vokes (Toni Collette, Hereditary, Little Miss Sunshine), a cleaner, supermarket cashier, and bartender/waitress at the local pub, is struggling to find meaning in her life. A chance encounter with an arrogant customer, Howard Davies (Damian Lewis, Homeland, Billions), a former racehorse syndicate leader, inspires her to take on a new challenge—she will breed and rear a racehorse. Jan recruits neighbors and barflies alike into her crazy scheme to contribute to a community fund, and after a rocky start, the group’s unlikely investment plan pays off as the horse, Dream Alliance, rises through the ranks. Welsh director Euros Lyn translates this miraculous underdog story with warmth and humor, and Dream Horse is a classic tale of triumph against adversity, as an ordinary woman (played by an extraordinary actress) makes her wildest dream come true.