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A Heavenly Vintage

3.9 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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From the acclaimed director of Whale Rider and North Country comes the story of a young winemaker who rises to prominence through the unlikely guidance of a mysterious angel. His talents make him the object of desire of a beautiful baroness who tempts him to stray from his loving wife and children. Featuring inspired performances from Academy Award nominees Vera Farmiga and Keisha Castle-Hughes, A Heavenly Vintage is a beautiful and sensual tale about what it takes to create the perfect vintage.

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  • Actors: Jeremie Renier, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Vera Farmiga, Gaspard Ulliel
  • Directors: Niki Caro
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Screen Media Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006VY8CZE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,282 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I won't go into details describing what the storyline is about, as former reviews have done so well. I come from a place of not having read the book - possibly to my benefit. (books always present more detail and depth than a movie can do) I was mesmerized by this movie, it's characters imprinted upon me so deeply and in a memorably moving story of vision and desire, love, friendship, risk, struggle, failure and success. Sobran Jodeau, who reflected the creative desires and challenges of humanity, and his angel (I would want my angel to look like that! - especially those knowing, wanting, compassionate eyes) who had made the decision to experience humanity himself - as he explained at one point, there isn't only heaven or hell, but an in between place and he wanted to experience both. I adored the angel as much as I did Sobran.

My heart swelled and ached for the human experience in this story. I admit that at the end of the movie, I had a good cleansing cry of simultaneous joy and sadness which included the full sacrifice the angel finally made.

The cinematography was exquisite - I almost smelled and felt the plants of the vineyard, the warmth of the sun and the cold absence of it, as well as the beautiful tiny creatures of nature that lived among the vines. Nature's richness was well captured here.

And lastly, I leave realizing that when I next drink wine, I will have a new experience and relationship with it. "Tell me what you taste." dirt..clay..metal..conception..sweat..cherries...promise..strength..

Purchasing this for my personal collection.
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HEAVENLY VINTAGE (aka THE VINTNER'S LUCK) is a somewhat perplexing film. Based on a novel by Elizabeth Knox and adapted for the screen by Joan Scheckel and writer/director Niki Caro it comes across as a patchwork quilt - many fine story lines that don't seem to fit together into a grand whole. Niki Caro has some fine films in her resume - The Whale Ride, North Country, Memory & Desire - so she has proven that she knows her craft. She is supported by an astonishingly fine group of actors, a sensitive cinematographer (Denis Lenoir) and one of the best teams of costume designers (Justin Buckingham and Harry Harrison) and music composer Antonio Pinto, yet the story never becomes airbourne - and that is a particularly important factor in this film.

The year is 1815 and Sobran Jodeau (Jérémie Renier in yet another brilliant performance) is a peasant winemaker working or a chateau owned by Comte de Vully (Patrice Valota). Sobran falls in love with another peasant, Celeste (Keisha Castle-Hughes) despite the warning's about Celeste's mad father Sobran's father (Vania Vilers) claims Sobran will be doomed. Sobran longs to have his own vineyard and to make his own wine and one evening an angel (Gaspard Ulliel) appears to Sobran and encourages him to marry Celeste and begin his own vines and to meet the angel again in a year's time. A year later Sobran again meets his angel and reports he is not only married but that Celeste is pregnant. The angel encourages him to bravely begin his own vineyard. Sobran's goal is interrupted crop failure and by his going off to fight in Napoleon's war. He returns to the demise of Comte de Vully and the takeover of the Chateau by the counts niece, the beautiful Aurora de Valday (Vera Farmiga).
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Absolutely stunning film. I don't store too many DVD's in the house but this one is a keeper. I was a huge fan of Wale Rider upon it's release
but have to say this in my favorite of the director's (Niki Caro) film to date. All of her work is admirable but this one is my all time favorite.
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Niki Caro's film A Heavenly Vintage is an archetypal masterpiece. Its 19th century setting is the beautiful wine country of France. The hero, Sobran Jodeau, is a peasant whose father owns their land and vineyard but in order to survive, Jodeau must sell his grapes to the aristocrat Comte de Vully. The people depend upon the land to survive. They have no way to escape from their situation. Where would they go and what would they do? Nature is a fickle Mother. She gives and she takes life according to her cycles. The old have accepted their lot. The young, who have been infected with the freedom of the Enlightenment of revolutionary thought, can dream of change. Sobran's dream is of making his own wine, a very fine wine, one which will carry him and his family out of poverty.

Like most of us in the 21st century, who have the illusion of being liberated and work like slaves to make enough money to pay our mortgages and car loans to the Ultimate Landlords, the Banks, these ancestors of ours are essentially living our same life style. The setting could be California's Napa County as easily as Napoleonic France. The French Revolution freed many people's minds, but the country folk remain stuck in superstition and are controlled by the Roman Catholic Church. The Comte and his niece Aurora, the Baroness, own the Chateau and employ the peasants in their wine business. The Comte exemplifies the old way, his niece the new. As citizens of the new France they treat their workers with dignity. But that isn't enough for our hero Sobran, who is in love with the beautiful and charming Celeste. He has to overcome his father's prejudice; Celete's father was raving mad. He barked like a dog. The story becomes astonishingly magical when Sobran gets falling down drunk.
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