|"Unbranded" . . .
||[Nov. 28th, 2015|11:43 pm]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)
. . . is a good movie about these guys who adopt 14 mustangs, train them for four months then ride them (some of the horses are ridden and some are pack animals and they trade off) from the Mexican border to the Canadian border through Arizona, Utah, a tiny bit of the southeast corner of Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. They lose a couple or three horses to injuries, but all four of the core guys make it. The country they ride through is as spectacular as it is trecherous. The trip takes something like four months. The movie is definitely worth a watch.
These guys are doing this as an adventure just out of college before they settle into the mind-numbingly boring lives of middle class Americans, but it reminded me a lot of a documentary called "Sweetgrass." "Sweetgrass" is about modern sheep herders driving huge flocks of sheep through the Rocky Mountains across Montana. What it has in common with "Unbranded" is breathtaking scenery and scope accompanied by an appreciation of just how difficult life on the trail really is. It's a lot of hard work---almost every minute of every day. "Sweetgrass" is a bit more serious because moving sheep is what these guys do for a living; there's more at stake for them and no place to go home to if things don't work out.
Both movies are well worth seeing.