Parents' Guide to

Donkeyhead

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Family drama tackles heavy themes; language, violence.

Movie NR 2022 105 minutes
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Expectations vs reality

Punjabi family are no different then any other family living abroad whether it is US or Canada.

Is It Any Good?

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This Canadian drama set against the Punjabi Sikh immigrant community offers an authentic tale of growing up and facing life's challenges. Donkeyhead writer-director-star Darshi convincingly embodies the main character, whose struggles to overcome childhood trauma and grapple with the responsibilities of adult life impact all of her siblings. The delayed adolescent is a frequented trope that can grate on the nerves of adult viewers who've done their maturing. Darshi imbues Mona with genuine pathos, but despite her very real pain, it's also hard not to empathize with her siblings' frustration with her increasingly childish antics.

As director, Darshi places her characters in noticeably dark, sometimes almost claustrophobic settings, all of which feels symbolic. Likewise, the outdated décor and chronic plumbing blockages of the family home seem to echo Mona's mental and emotional state. The actors playing Mona's siblings all bring something individual to the family mix, especially Lobo as Mona's twin and the family's conflicted prodigal son, Parm. His coming out provides a lesson in blended identity. Grieving relatives constantly buzz around in the background, embodying generational differences as well as the way traditions get carried on and perhaps lose some vitality in immigrant communities. One or two scenes could have been cut to bring Donkeyhead down to a tighter run time. But the film offers many memorable characters and moments and plenty of food for thought about growing up and growing old.

Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming: January 21, 2022
  • Cast: Agam Darshi , Kim Coates , Stephen Lobo
  • Director: Agam Darshi
  • Inclusion Information: Female directors, Indian/South Asian directors, Female actors, Indian/South Asian actors, Middle Eastern/North African actors
  • Studio: Netflix
  • Genre: Drama
  • Topics: Brothers and Sisters
  • Run time: 105 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • Last updated: February 17, 2023

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