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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.
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).Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Evil. Definately Not rated properly. Tv-14? A lot of confusion, and misguided emotions through out entire movie.Published 9 days ago by MS
This was the first time that reading the subtitles added to the shock of the twists to the film. I was greatly moved by the film, especially the angel (vintners luck).Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed this film, though I had to stop it a few times and walk around to wrap my head around what was happening. Read morePublished 5 months ago by peregringo
Very entertaining story of a vintner s quest for a perfect wine, but there was a catch. He had help from an Angel. The love story could have been a little more involved. Read morePublished 5 months ago by scott mitchell
I loved it because I am a very big fan of Gaspar. I would like to have every movie that he is in.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Story line was disjointed, and not well constructed. Acting was passable for what they were given. I was hoping for more of a romance story, but I got soft porn.Published 10 months ago by V. Pennington
BEAUTIFUL MOVIE from the beginning to the end... THANK YOU LBK.Published 18 months ago by Lili of the Valley