Of Women and Horses
Of Women and Horses (Le sport de filles) by Patricia Mazuy (France/Germany, 2011, 105 min.). Gracieuse (Marina Hands) is a stable girl at a horse farm where she meets Franz (Bruno Ganz), a former champion in the world of horse dressage and Josephine (Josiane Balasko), the woman who runs the farm with an iron fist. Determined to compete and win Franz’s approval, Gracieuse trains a horse for competition, but finds talent counts for nothing when facing the personal and high financial stakes of the game. Although set in a very particular world, the exploration of power, money, and social classes transcends the stables in this universal drama.