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Edmond Was a Donkey (2012)

Edmond était un âne (original title)
When his co-workers tease Edmond by crowning him with a pair of donkey ears, he suddenly discovers his true nature. And though he comes to enjoy his new identity, an ever-widening chasm opens up between himself and others.

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Bérangère Bonvoisin ...
Edmond's Wife (voice)
Benoît Brione ...
Edmond's Boss (voice)
Gaëtan Gallier ...
Edmond's Second Colleague (voice)
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Edmond's First Colleague (voice)
Kathleen Fee ...
Edmond's Wife (voice)
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Edmond's Boss (voice)
Kent McQuaid ...
Edmond's First Colleague (voice)
Daniel Brochu ...
Edmond's Second Colleague (voice)
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When his co-workers tease Edmond by crowning him with a pair of donkey ears, he suddenly discovers his true nature. And though he comes to enjoy his new identity, an ever-widening chasm opens up between himself and others.

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Thoughtful, well animated and touching piece on identity and perception
8 July 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Edmond is a small, gray man who works in an office block and is generally looked down upon by others – if they notice him at all. One day a moment of mockery changes his life forever when a pair of paper donkey ears are slipped onto his head. Seeing himself in a mirror with them on, Edmond is filled with a new awareness of what or who he is, and gradually his character and his life begins to change.

Taken literally, this film doesn't make a great deal of sense – but taken as an emotive piece, it is quite the work of beauty and something that is thoughtfully touching. The story concerns a man who seems to lack any sense of himself; his being a target for others doesn't seem to be so much about him having a weak character or presence, as it does about him having no character or presence to speak of at all. The eats change this and he suddenly has an identity for himself in a moment which is quite touching if you are able to go with it. Where the plot goes from there is either silly or moving depending whether it is working for you or not. For me I found it really sweet and thoughtful to see Edmond find himself in a way that, even with a few minutes in the film, understand that he has not up till this point. It is a nice piece about one's own identity and how, ultimately, having peace in oneself is the important thing.

The animation matches this reflective and quite beautiful tone; it is gray throughout and steeping in the mundane but this allows the very small moments of contentment and peace to be clearer while also still being quite small. Although I found the appearance of the characters to be a bit offputting, I did still like the overall construct of the short and the world. It may not be a narrative to follow and it may not deliver a full conclusion in a traditional sense, but this is a thoughtful piece about perception and identity, and I found it engaging, charming and a little moving.


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