10 Best Movies We Saw at 2017 Toronto Film Festival

From Louis C.K.'s cringe-comedy to a female coming-of-age movie, a tennis-coach doc to 'The Disaster Artist' – our picks for the best of the fest

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'The Rider'

'The Rider'

Part semi-documentary, part semi-fictional storytelling and an all-American chronicle of hardship and transcendental bliss, filmmaker Chloé Zhao follows a wounded Native American rodeo star (real-life circuit rider Brady Jandreau) as he deals with rehabilitation, an unstable family situation and life after your dream doesn't come true. It's as intimate a character study as you'll find, with Zhao reclaiming tried-and-true Western iconography in the name of her indigenous characters and Jandreau recreating scenes lifted partially from his own experiences. The result feels like watching someone tear out a chunk of their chest and chuck it on to the screen – a look into a sub–subculture that feels both remarkably specific and universally resonant.

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