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The wild horse of faith,
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Perhaps we're all cowboys, like Didier in this deeply emotional Belgian tale: We love to believe that we can tame and ride a wild horse through life and put all our faith in one stable of belief. Didier dreams of the freedom and icons of America's wild West. This film traces his relationship with tattooist Elise, herself a dreamer putting her faith in the symbols, icons, dreams of mostly traditional religion. Elise joins Didier's Bluegrass band as a singer, while he plays banjo. Music and free spirit dreams join them, but their young daughter's cancer struggle tests their resilience.
Didier and Elise put their faith in science and medicine for Maybelle's sake. Didier realises that his dreams about America harbour a sour reality, while Elise suspects their beloved lifestyle hid grave consequences. Will they make it through to the free heartland? Throughout their journey, Bluegrass music provides solace and a way to express many overwhelming emotions. Elise's rendition of Poor Wayfaring Stranger signals a pivotal point, and this is probably the most moving performance in the entire film.
The acting is as wonderfully real and poignant as the music, a brilliant group of traditional Bluegrass and soulful Country classics. It is played by a group of superb Belgian musicians, whose emotions are genuine and heartfelt. This is a powerful, sad film. I defy you not to cry, and I don't mind admitting that I did.