EO

Date Shown

13th Dec 2023

EO’ (2022) which deservedly won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2022 is a contemporary update of Robert Bresson’s masterpiece ‘Au Hasard Balthazar’ (1966)- a simple yet profoundly moving tale of a donkey in rural France, being passed from one owner to the next. Treated in turn harshly then gently, Balthazar lives in a world beyond his control. EO however, a grey donkey, begins his life as a circus performer before escaping across both the Polish and Italian countryside. Encountering an eclectic cast of characters including a Polish football team, much of the film is shot from EO’s point-of-view with a low-held camera, somehow making the scenes more meaningful as seen through the donkey’s eyes. His travels, and travails, point out societal ills, but remind us of the need for humility and innocence on a quest for freedom. This is a wonderful film from a great director, full of laughter and joy, but with a strong message of the follies of humanity. “Brilliant, the no. 1 film of the year” The New York Times.

Audience Reactions

A: 07, B: 09, C: 07, D: 07, E: 03

 

A: One of the very best films I’ve seen. Quite remarkable cinema.(A)      Excellent – not a nice lot are we? (A)    Brilliant – suspenseful and beautifully told story. (A)   Great film (A) 
Beautiful cinematography, so (A) for the making of the film, but (C) for how much I enjoyed it!     (A)      

B:  Compassionate, unsentimental, un-condescending (B)   Bizarre, distressing but music was fascinating (B)       Tons of allegory, moral questions and ultimate despair.   A Christmas Classic! (B) 
Animals have feelings – a lot of loneliness – EO’s journey… then the Italian scene – not enough connection for me! (B)  Beautiful photography. Great soundtrack.(B)   Beautiful photography. The donkey gets a raw deal! (B) 
Interesting & highlighted cruelty & kindness to animals. Some stunning scenes. (B) 
Excellent filming. Storyline a bit slow at times. Lovely images of Poland. (B)    
Wonderful portrayal of how badly we care for animals at times. (B)                        

C: Superb timing of the film! But on the last day of COP 27, with food and farming finally being recognised. An ambiguous film – The point? Great photography. (C)      
A donkey road-trip with twists and turns with some beautiful picturesque scenery, without the narrative of David Attenborough. (C)           Too disjointed/random for me! (C) 
I hope the donkey knew what was going on! (C)                Soundtrack too intrusive. Fab donkey (C) 
Vicar of Bray tilting at windmills. (C)

D: Slightly disappointed. Hoped for a better outcome! (D)    Music too much. Didn’t enjoy it. (D)       Indulgent(D)   Disturbing (D) Difficult to follow storyline. Good photography. (D)     
Extremely odd – didn’ t really engage me. (D)

E:   To sum up in one word…..strange! (E)         E = 0 nil points. Pointless, depressing nonsense. (E) Extraordinary in the worst sort of way. (E)

IMDB details

EO | January 21, 2023 (United States) 6.7

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Cast

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Eo
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Eo
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Eo
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Eo
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Eo
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Eo
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Kasandra
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Dude
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Vito
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The Countess
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Dora
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Kaja
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Dorota
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Stableman

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Countries: Poland, Italy, United KingdomLanguages: Polish, Italian, English, French, Spanish

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