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Donkeys [DVD]

James Cosmo , Kate Dickie , Morag McKinnon    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James Cosmo, Kate Dickie, Martin Compston
  • Directors: Morag McKinnon
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: SODA
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Aug 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007C17YQ8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,240 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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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.

‘Scotland’s underground hit film of the year’ - The Guardian

‘Wee but very well done, this bleak and black Scottish comedy about an old guy making peace with his family gives James Cosmo a chance to show what an excellent actor he is.’ - The Evening Standard

 ‘James Cosmo is outstanding as the dad trying to right the many wrongs in his past, with Martin Compston and Kate Dickie are among those lending support. The humour is as bleak as the grave, but there's a lot of warmth here too.’ - The Herald

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bleak, But Touching 24 Jun 2013
By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This 2010 directorial debut (full feature) film by Scot Morag McKinnon is a slow-moving, bleak, darkly comic and intimate tale of a small (family) group of working people in Glasgow. OK, this is, of course, a subject that has been done many times before (and, I would say, more impressively elsewhere), but nevertheless McKinnon's film is a promising effort, not exactly dynamite dramatically, but filled with enough moments of emotional power and dark hilarity to certainly make it worth a watch. As far as I can tell, Donkeys receive no (or only a very limited) cinema release south of the border, which is a shame if, like me, you don't tend to gorge on the superficial thrills and CGI effects now required for most multiplex film releases (oh no, I'm on that hobby horse again!).

McKinnon's film charts the minimalist existence over a few days of (elderly) best friends Brian (Brian Pettifer) and Alfred (James Cosmo), who have delayed their plans to emigrate to Spain's sunnier climes, whilst the latter attempts to deal with latent health problems and mend his broken-down relationship with daughter Jackie (Kate Dickie), thereby fostering a relationship with his grand-daughter Bronwyn (Natasha Watson). Into the mix comes Stevie (Martin Compston), who has returned home to hospital-bound mother Margaret (Jackie's neighbour) and whose paths cross with (and more specifically whose parentage is the subject of debate for) Brian and Alfred, to some humorous, but tragic, effect . Whilst (for me) McKinnon's film takes some time to get going and rather peters out at the end, along the way there are some great moments of emotional engagement and comedy. This is, for me at least, not surprising given the cast that McKinnon managed to assemble.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 11 Mar 2013
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This is a worthwhile watch, great acting by all main characters, maybe lacking a little in the writing as the dialogue could have been much sharper- especially with a cast that could have delivered
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-warming black comedy set in Glasgow 28 Dec 2012
By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER
This is a BAFTA award winning comedy from Director Morag Mckinnon. It stars James Cosmo (`Braveheart', `Troy' and `Trainspotting' to name a few) as a 64 year old Alfred, he has lost touch with his family after causing a major upset some ten years previously. Then he has a bit of a turn and has to be taken to Hospital where he is told that he has had a heart attack and the prognosis is not very good.

So he decides to make amends with his estranged daughter and his as yet unknown grand daughter. He has a best and long suffering mate played by the always reliable Brian Pettifer. To say his daughter is less than pleased to see her estranged father is putting it mildly. But he is persistent and also ludicrously conniving in order to get his way. Next on the scene is ex con next door neighbour Stevie, played by Martin Compston (`Sweet Sixteen' and `Piggy'), his mother is dying from cancer and has never told him who his father is. Well as the past catches up so does the truth and with it quite a few laughs and a bumpy journey for all involved.

This is a really touching and human film. No one is perfect but trying to do what they think is best and as in real life not always getting the intended consequences. I can see why it was critically acclaimed and am amazed that it did not garner more, much deserved attention. The attention to detail is brilliant, the Glasgow setting adds to the atmosphere and with a strong performance from everyone this is a very rewarding watch.

There is a particularly good showing from Kate Dickie (`Perometheus') playing Alfred's' daughter Jackie, but James Cosmo really carries this and it is nice to see him in a starring role for a change. If you like a bit of real life and your comedies very dark indeed, then I think this will be one for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compston Fan 6 Sep 2012
I bought this film as I'm a big British Cinema and Martin Compston fan. Martin is excellent in this, but it's James Cosmo who really blew me away. He had me in tears one minute and laughing out loud the next.
This film is a real gem, a truly black comedy. I highly recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars ...worth the wait 3 Sep 2012
When I missed my chance to see this in the cinema, I was pretty gutted and even more so when I heard it had won best film at the scottish BAFTAs.

So waiting for almost a year for it to be released, I was worried my expectations would be anticlimactic but I'm happy to say the film delivered, the whole cast give an outstanding performances in what is certainly an original story. This film will keep you enticed right until the credits start rolling, definitely see this film, it was worth the wait.
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