EO (2022)
June 29, 2024 6:43 AM - Subscribe

[TRAILER] The world is a mysterious place when seen through the eyes of an animal. EO, a grey donkey with melancholic eyes, meets good and bad people on his life's path, experiences joy and pain, endures the wheel of fortune randomly turn his luck into disaster and his despair into unexpected bliss. But not even for a moment does he lose his innocence.

Starring Sandra Drzymalska, Lorenzo Zurzolo, Mateusz Kościukiewicz, Isabelle Huppert.

Directed by Jerzy Skolimowski. Written by Jerzy Skolimowski, Ewa Piaskowska. Produced by Jerzy Skolimowski, Ewa Piaskowska for Skopia Film/Alien Films. Cinematography by Michał Dymek. Edited by Agnieszka Glińska. Music by Paweł Mykietyn. A Polish language film.

96% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Currently streaming in the US on Max and Criterion. JustWatch listing.
posted by DirtyOldTown (6 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This does not have a happy ending, animal lovers.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:53 AM on June 29 [3 favorites]

This review pretty well nails it. This is impressive in ways, limited in others, but overall pulls off a meditation on how we affect the natural world that bears reflecting on.

If you're a "Does the dog die?" person in movies, this may wreck you. The donkey goes through a fair bit. The film is nothing but empathetic to him and centers and values him above all all else. But the view of the world it shows means a lot happens to him.

This is sort of a film made by an animal lover who is being accusatory. You could shelves it next to Okta maybe.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:10 AM on June 29 [1 favorite]

I love the thought that DirtyOldTown's film collection is sorted by Mood.
posted by biffa at 9:29 AM on June 29 [2 favorites]

I watched this about 6 months ago, it's kind of interesting in terms of trying to give the donkey's perspective on dealing with a world which it can only comprehend in very limited terms. It didn't really engage me too deeply but its a worthwhile experiment.
posted by biffa at 9:44 AM on June 29 [2 favorites]

Too soon DoT, too soon! *still quietly sobbing more than a year later*
posted by Molesome at 10:09 AM on June 29 [4 favorites]

I saw this during the theatrical run and it's the saddest god damn movie ever made. Eo! I love you Eo! My partner and I walked back from the theatre in silence, we were both so affected by it.

Apparently they used like 6 Donkeys while shooting, since Donkeys are probably pretty tough to direct. I guess Donkeys all look pretty similar.

Despite thinking this is a great film in many ways, I will never watch it again
posted by dis_integration at 11:41 AM on June 29 [1 favorite]

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