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Donkeys (2010)

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Alfred is 64. He's lost touch with his family and a threat to his health makes him realise he wants to make amends. The more he tries to do right, the more he does wrong, and as his past ... See full summary »

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Alfred is 64. He's lost touch with his family and a threat to his health makes him realise he wants to make amends. The more he tries to do right, the more he does wrong, and as his past comes back to haunt him, he is forced to face up to what his life means to him. Rounding Up Donkeys is the second film in Sigma and Zentropa's three feature film concept 'Advance Party'. Written by Morag McKinnon

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The second film in the "Advanced Party" triology The first was Red Road released in 2006. The third has yet to be released as of 2015. See more »

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Alfie: Can I use your toilet?
Jackie's daughter: Who the fuck are you?
Alfie: I'm your Grandad.
Jackie's daughter: You've not been in touch for over 10 years, you once urinated on the telly when you were pissed, and you were accused of patting next door's dog to death.
Alfie: You're well informed, I'll give you that.
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All the emotions
20 June 2010 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland) – See all my reviews

The trouble with British cinema may not be that we have an addiction to realism, but that we have such a dull idea of what reality is. The opera-singing fish and chip shop proprietor criticized in another review here, is in fact a real guy, who really sings opera in his fish bar. Reality contains more than just misery, poverty and squalor. The miserable goes hand in hand with the beautiful and the absurd. It's always impressive when a film manages to do justice to all three aspects of existence, as Donkeys does.

An aging wastrel who fears he may be dying wants to make up with his estranged daughter. From this simple and powerful premise, the filmmakers weave a web of emotional and comic complications, aided by a fantastic cast who make sense of the dizzying shifts from tragedy to farce and back again, sometimes within a single scene or even a single spoken phrase. If you want to experience the messiness of life condensed into a compact and compelling narrative, with the release of both laughter and sorrow, Donkeys will move you.


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