Donkeyhead (2022)

Donkeyhead (2022)

A lovingly-made Canadian comedy-drama

7.8

Movie

Canada
English
Comedy, Drama
2022
AGAM DARSHI, FEMALE DIRECTOR
Agam Darshi, Huse Madhavji, Kim Coates
106 min

What it's about

Mona, a failed writer, carves out a life of isolation while caring for her ailing Sikh father but when he has a debilitating stroke her three successful siblings show up on her doorstep determined to take control of the situation.

The take

This Canadian drama is directed by, written by, and stars first-time director Agam Darshi. It’s a labor of love about a 30-something woman who takes care of her sick father while trying to become a writer.

Mona (the character) comes from an immigrant Indian family, and she is proudly the black sheep of the bunch. When a visitor greets her with “God is Truth” in Punjabi, she replies in English with “Merry Christmas”, and when aunties catch her smoking she gives them the middle finger. Not to mention she is sleeping with a married man.

And yet the way the movie is made it works as a universal story - one about finding purpose in taking care of one’s parents while navigating complex family dynamics.

Comments

Not very funny but seemed authentic.

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