Why 2022 Was the Year of the Donkey

The Banshees of Inisherin (Searchlight Pictures)

KEY COMPANION: Colin Farrell’s lonesome Irishman, Pádraic

PLACE ON CALL SHEET: Beloved sidekick 

SYMBOLIC MEANING: When Brendan Gleeson’s Colm abruptly ends their friendship, Pádraic turns to Jenny—the only being he can give uncomplicated affection to. 

BEHIND THE SCENES: Farrell says that his friendship with his furry costar (also named Jenny in real life) soured when she kicked him midfilming. 


Aneta Gebska/Janus Films.

EO (Janus Films)

KEY COMPANION: Sandra Drzymalska’s ever-loyal Kasandra

PLACE ON CALL SHEET: Titular role 

SYMBOLIC MEANING: After EO is harshly separated from Kasandra and the Polish circus that brought them together, he becomes living proof of resilience and survival. 

BEHIND THE SCENES: EO was actually played by six donkeys: Tako, Hola, Marietta, Ettore, Rocco, and Mela. 


Triangle of Sadness (Neon)

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