september, 2021

tue07sepAll Daysun12MY DONKEY, MY LOVER AND I | Antoinette dans les CévennesDirected by Caroline Vignal(All Day) Martha’s Vineyard Film Center, 79 Beach Rd, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 Event Organized By: Martha's Vineyard Film Society Country:USA,Virtual

Event Details

Available Online Only September 7 -12 



On an impulse, Paris schoolteacher Antoinette decides to follow her married lover Vladimir and his wife and daughter on a six-day summer hike along the trail described by Robert Louis Stevenson in his outdoor classic Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes. But Antoinette soon realizes this impromptu vacation is more than she bargained for: Vladimir is nowhere in sight, her romantic misadventure tickles all the gossips on the hiking circuit, and her traveling companion is a recalcitrant donkey called Patrick. Caroline Vignal’s second feature delightfully reinvigorates the old French film trope of the lovelorn vacationer with a gentle comic touch, the occasional slapstick flourish, unblemished landscapes, and a star-making turn by Laure Calamy, long a magnetic supporting actress in films by leading directors like Alain Guiraudie and Justine Triet. With perfect timing, a hint of eccentricity, and a beguiling emotional openness, Calamy manages to find both the pain and the humor in the universal experience of being alone when you had something—or someone—else in mind. Special mention must be made of Patrick the donkey, who delivers a winning performance as the stoic beast of burden who proves to be Antoinette’s occasional therapist and steadfast friend.

“The script is sharp and the cinematography (Simon Beaufils) is beautiful. This is a comedy-drama and there are lots of laughs…” – The Australian

“Calamy’s performance has rightly been awarded for its superb shading, but let’s not forget the donkey, brilliant as her straight man. Who says nobody likes a smart ass?” – Sydney Morning Herald

All publicity materials must include the following credit line: This film is part of Young French Cinema, a program of UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.


september 7 (Tuesday) - 12 (Sunday)


Martha’s Vineyard Film Center

79 Beach Rd, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568


Martha's Vineyard Film Society