Jockey left for the races – BC Catholic
Jockey avoid anything that is stereotyped. As its title suggests, its setting is horse racing, but it doesn’t even show more than snippets of a horse race. Instead, it immerses the viewer in the experience of an aging jockey, Jackson Silva, whose body has taken enough punishment over the years that his career is all but over.
However, despite this and a doctor’s warning, he feels he still has a breed in him. At the same time, when he meets a young jockey claiming to be a son he never knew, he also senses that this may be an opportunity to leave a racing legacy that has fulfilled his whole being.
What follows is a gentle meditation on the evanescence of life, a quiet reminder that time inevitably takes its toll and that the most important and fulfilling thing in life is not so much what we do, but the relationships we build as we do so. All of this is told in a muted manner against a stunning backdrop of Arizona beauty.
Director Clint Bentley perfectly matches the mood of the story with scenes of sunrises, sunsets, campfires and softly lit interiors. It really is a wonderful movie to watch. Clifton Collins Jr., an actor who so far has played only small roles, fills the role of the central character so perfectly that one could easily be convinced that he has spent his entire life in and around the races of horses. It’s a subtle and perfectly nuanced performance.
There are no villains except the devastating impact of the passage of time. The rest of the cast superbly constructs an equally compelling portrayal of the harsh reality behind the glamorous façade of horse racing: Moises Arias as an ambitious young jockey and Molly Parker as a caring and warm trainer join Collins and the rest of the incredible thrown into constructing a narrative aimed at the mind and the heart.
For those who are willing to put up with objectionable language but like their entertainment to be thought-provoking and have a truly authentic tone, Jockey is welcome.