Giving praise to stars James Cosmo and Brian Pettifer even The Sunday Mail seems to have gotten the idea of the series, and points out some of the unique and quirkier aspects of the film:
This Glasgow-based film starts with a funeral and there's a graveyard scene towards its conclusion. In between is a black comedy that works due to the performances of James Cosmo and Brian Pettifer.They are two pals who plan to move to Spain but who then ditch the idea after life-changing events. Pettifer even dismisses Spain as a "warm Pontins, full of Germans".
Cosmo brilliantly portrays a big, daft man whose life is an almighty mess. A health scare has caused him to re-evaluate things and try to patch up with the daughter that he hasn't seen in 10 years.
The two actors command our interest in a film which mixes tragedy with humour. And Donkeys is surely the first movie to feature Una Paloma Blanca as funeral music.