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Lads and Jockeys


Benjamin Marquet

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About the Movie

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.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 9
  • Fresh: 5
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 5.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "Lads & Jockeys" conveys first-race terrors and last-place humiliation with indulgent thoroughness. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Dec 1, 2011

Fresh: 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. – Michelle Orange, Village Voice, Nov 29, 2011

Rotten: After a decent start, Marquet stumbles, never making it across the finish line. – Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, Dec 1, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Lads and Jockeys

A lump in the throat documentary about young boys and girls who want to become jockeys but really are assigned the hard back-breaking work of mucking out stables. The horses are treated better than they are, but the featured boys are compelling in their hope and fears.

Lads and Jockeys
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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2011

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