My Donkey, My Lover & I (Antoinette dans les Cévennes)


CAFILM STREAMING ROOM Fri, Oct 9 - Sun, Oct 18
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Mind the Gap
Running Time:96 min.
Director:Caroline Vignal
Screenwriter:Caroline Vignal
Cinematographer:Simon Beaufils
Cast:Laure Calamy
Benjamin Lavernhe
Olivia Côte
Note Writer:Shari Kizirian


Screening note: This digital screening is available to view between 12:01am PT on Friday, October 9, and 11:59pm PT on Sunday, October 18, and is available to ticket buyers and passholders within the state of California.


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A fresh take on the oft-overlooked meet-cute subgenre city-girl-meets-country-mule, this bright comedy centers on Antoinette, a Parisian school teacher (Laure Calamy, Call My Agent!) who impulsively decides to stalk her married lover on his familial hiking vacation astride an adorable ass named Patrick. The 120-mile journey undertaken by writer Robert Louis Stevenson, documented in his classic Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes, is a popular route for 21st century backpackers, but few would bother doing the trek laden with heavy feed sacks and a mulish companion—all of which is news to our unsinkable, undaunted Antoinette in her daisy dukes, tugging her fuchsia rolling luggage behind her. Laure Calamy’s star turn as a lovesick (albeit slightly unhinged) Other Woman buoys the entire film, and when she doubles over to scream in frustration at her stubborn four-legged companion, it rings true for anyone whose life hasn’t quite met their expectations, especially in the realm of relationships. TV5Monde | CFI French Cinema Sponsor


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Additional Information

Caroline Vignal is the director of My Donkey, My Lover & I (2020), Girlfriends (2000), and Roule ma poule (1999).