New movies: Ride Like A Girl, The Girl With The Bracelet

Ride Like A Girl
Damon Smith

RIDE LIKE A GIRL (PG, 98 mins) Drama. Teresa Palmer, Sam Neill, Stevie Payne, Brooke Satchwell, Sullivan Stapleton, Magda Szubanski. Director: Rachel Griffiths.

Released: June 26 (streaming and available to download from Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, Microsoft Store, PlayStation Store, Sky Store, Virgin Media)

AWARD-winning actor Rachel Griffiths, an Oscar nominee for her performance in Hilary & Jackie, makes her feature directorial debut with an affectionate biographical drama about Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup, the most prestigious thoroughbred race in Australia.

Horse trainer Paddy Payne (Sam Neill) presides over a large family and the majority of his 10 children become jockeys.

Youngest child Michelle (Teresa Palmer) follows suit and builds a special relationship with a beautiful horse called Prince Of Penzance.

Michelle prepares to ride the majestic steed in the 2015 Melbourne Cup, where she is a 100-1 outsider.

Drawing on years of experience and her bond with her mount, Michelle attempts to gallop ahead of bookies' favourites Fame Game and Trip To Paris.

THE GIRL WITH THE BRACELET (15 TBC, 95 mins) Drama/Thriller. Melissa Guers, Roschdy Zem, Chiara Mastroianni, Anais Demoustier, Annie Mercier, Emilie Lehuraux. Director: Stephane Demoustier.

Released: June 26 (streaming on Curzon Home Cinema)

ADAPTED from the Argentinian film Acusada (The Accused), The Girl With The Bracelet is a compelling courtroom drama written and directed by Stephane Demoustier about a teenager on trial for a heinous crime.

Sixteen-year-old Lise (Melissa Guers) is arrested and charged with the murder of her best friend Flora Dufour (Emilie Lehuraux).

The victim was stabbed multiple times on the morning after a sleepover but Lise claims she left the house minutes before the brutal attack.

Lise's parents Bruno (Roschdy Zem) and Celine (Chiara Mastroianni) are at odds about their daughter's innocence and they deal with the impending trial in different ways.

Once the high-profile case enters the courtroom, Flora's mother (Anne Paulicevich) demands justice for her little girl and a tenacious advocate general (Anais Demoustier) paints a grim portrait of Lise's character, offering a potential motive for the stabbing.

Lise's legal counsel (Annie Mercier) attempts to counter each damning statement while the teenager sits impassively, awaiting the verdict.

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