Donkeyote (2017)



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Manolo has a simple life in Southern Spain and two loves: his animals, in particular his donkey Gorrión ("Sparrow"), and wandering through nature. Against the advice of his doctor, he decides to plan one last walk in the US, the brutal 2200 mile Trail of Tears. But not without his donkey. Overcoming the small obstacle of shipping a donkey, Manolo's chronic arthritis, a history of heart attacks, and Gorrión's fear of water are just a few matters to take care of. As their adventure continues, Manolo's wondrous friendship with his animals finds a beautiful equilibrium. Will they find the American West? More importantly, will they be able to see life as it is, and not as it should be?


Critic Reviews for Donkeyote

All Critics (8)

What's so lovely here is Manuel's warmth and humanity - the way he lives with regrets and disappointment.

Oct 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A gem of a documentary that you won't forget.

Oct 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Poignant documentary examining determination, resilience and the inevitability of ageing.

Oct 23, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Chico Pereira uses the clear photography of Julian Schwanitz to follow the adventures of this peculiar type, between lone ranger and troubadour, whose way of life... seems to be in danger of extinction... [Full review in Spanish]

Dec 11, 2017 | Full Review…

A crowd-pleasing tale of an old man with a dream, a dog and a donkey, Chico Pereira's Donkeyote is a stellar example of documentary-fiction hybrid.

Nov 7, 2017 | Full Review…

The director talks about a "sense of play" in the press notes but are the audience really playing if they don't know the rules ahead of time?

Oct 28, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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