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Heart-warming black comedy set in Glasgow,
This review is from: Donkeys [DVD] (DVD)
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.