Polish master Jerzy Skolimowski’s gripping new drama, which shared the Jury Prize in this year’s Cannes competition, follows a sentient donkey as it experiences the best and worst mankind has to offer.
EO is a fable-like journey through contemporary Europe, rooted in its tumultuous past and looking towards its uncertain future. Told through vignettes, the film’s anchor is the anthropomorphic eyes of a donkey (played by six different equines named Taco, Ola, Marietta, Ettore, Rocco, and Mela) that senses its way through the wheels of fortune.
These include helpless indenturement inside a mobile circus heading full speed for a glue factory, a fractious adventure with prodigal-son-turned-priest Vito, and a peek inside the so-called good life in the bourgeois home of a bored housewife named The Countess (Isabelle Huppert). To err is human, to forgive divine — and we are only left to guess what Eo — after seeing the best and worst of humanity — would do.
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