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Artois the Goat

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Product Description

Lab technician Virgil Gurdies embarks on an epic quest to create the greatest goat cheese the world has ever known, and reclaim the heart of his beloved Angie. She has taken a new job in Detroit and to follow her means signing his life over to his soul-sapping career in artificial flavor additives. To stay behind and pursue his newfound passion for fine artisanal goat cheese, is to risk losing her forever. Despite his lack of resources, experience, or basic competency in the field of agriculture, Virgil heads for the hills (literally) with a felonious German baker, a grave- digging hermit, and a tiny white goat named Artois. With Angie awaiting his imminent return and a conference of the International Cheese Consortium just a few months away, he has no choice but to go for broke. Throw away everything he has on a gamble: That, before it is too late, he can craft a cheese that will change the world. A cheese that will buy him a new life. A cheese of destiny.

Review

An accomplished, beautifully shot, directed and musically scored art comedy... --Chris Garica, Austin American Statesman

...charming, slightly surreal, and hilarious... --James Renovitch, Austin Chronicle

...a nutty, spry, altogether charming picture about love and artisanal cheesemaking... --Kimberly Jones

Product Details

  • Actors: Mark Scheibmeir, Sydney Andrews, Stephen Taylor Fry, Dan Braverman, Michael Sullivan
  • Directors: Kyle Bogart, Cliff Bogart
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: IndiePix Films
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2010
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003EH13QQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,086 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By San Antonio Fan on May 12, 2010
Format: DVD
When the main character seeks the secret of perfect cheese, he seems to find the secret to life and love. I thought this movie was funny and beautifully filmed in and around (I think), Texas, and has some imaginative direction and characters. This movie is definitely for the indie fan and has been in several film festivals. My rec: get it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Haunted Flower on September 7, 2010
Format: DVD
1 Disc Widescreen Edition, being released July 27, 2010

"Artois the Goat" was written and directed by Cliff and Kyle Bogart. It is a comedy about lab technician Virgil struggling with his desire to be with his true love, Angie meaning he would have to move to Detroit and accept another boring job and his self-actualization quest to become a goat cheese farmer and impress her with his creativity.

This film is a very endearing, amusing, and sometimes surreal and dreamlike. Virgil played by Mark Scheibmeir is a wide-eyed dreamer who gets excited about exotic flavors of cheese the way someone might if they found buried pirate gold. Luckily his girlfriend, Angie played by Sydney Andrews is a perfect match for him and shares his passion. She too is more thrilled by opening a mysterious box and finding cheese than if it had contained an engagement ring. Unfortunately her family is of a non-dairy frame of mind and with Angie's job transferring her to Detroit, they are all too happy to see the couple separated thinking she can do better.

This movie literally IS cheesy in many points, but uproariously so! The absurdity of the seriousness of cheese-making, trying to live with a goat in his apartment, and the lengths he goes to in order to be an artist and create are very funny and at the same time sweetly inspiring.

Scheibmeir is perfect as the adorable nerdy underdog who has been beaten down by the system squandering away his ambitious side for too long. He is so innocent and determined in his quest that the audience can't help but internally cheer him on in his pursuit of greatness. Virgil's inspiration stems from a book written by a famous cheese maker who narrates and guides him in his mission to make the best cheese...ever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gianaclis Caldwell on August 9, 2011
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I love this movie so much! It is not only sweet, funny, and amusing, but it captures the love and passion that we cheesemakers feel over what we produce. I have told every other cheese lover and cheesemaker I know about Artois. I speak at cheese events and even mention it then. It is such a wonderful movie!
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Artois the Goat is a quirky, independent film, that is enjoyable to watch, that I will probably not remember in six months.

The first half of the film is reasonably good. There is a nice chemistry between Virgil and Angie. The early on picnic scene is wonderful and sets up for a revisit much later in the film. But Virgil is a bit strange; he's a laboratory assistant for a person that develops flavors. He is a bit Bartleby. He is also a cheese lover and buys raw cheese on the black market. One day his cheese dealer sells him a book on cheese making. Virgil decides to give it all up, move to the country, buy two goats, and make the perfect goat cheese. He does all this without telling Angie. The film turns awkward as the inevitable happens. Actually the film jumps the shark when we see Virgil talking with a grave digger fanatic sitting fully clothed on the toilet.

There is an homage to Bergman, The Seventh Seal, that is over played. The photography is well done, in focus, nice colors, and good framing (although the director doesn't do much with dramatic framing, he prefers most shots with the character front and centered in the frame). The scenery is lovely. The goats are cute. The acting is pretty good. Angie was the stand out. Virgil was at times compelling and believable, and other times just annoying. By far the most annoying was Yens, the black market cheese dealer. I felt like he was doing a film in High School and dressed up like an adult, there wasn't an authentic feeling to his character.

The film is not rated. I would imagine PG-13 is not far off from reasonable. There was no nudity, I don't remember much strong language, and there was no drug or alcohol use. It is a fairly innocent film.

I love to support independent film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Goatman on October 7, 2011
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A must see for cheese lovers. The message is universal. I have already watched it a dozen times in as many days.
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By Roni Haas on February 5, 2013
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I have loved this film since the first time I saw it. It's the story of a chemist who works for an artificial food flavor company and his only goal in life is to make cheese. He lets his girlfriend leave the state for another job and he makes a deal with an old hermit to use his beautiful land for his few goats to graze (wait till you see how he gets the goats, its a scream). The underlying story of the fda and the one person who gives him the holy grail to cheese making is a great treat.

Enjoy, only if you love cult stuff.
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