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The Price of Milk

4.5 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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This lovely and utterly unique film is truly a cinematic fairy tale, with not only the sweetness of fairy tales but their strange and malicious side as well. Lucinda (Danielle Cormack, Topless Women Talk About Their Lives) fears that the spark has gone out of her romance with Rob (Karl Urban, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers), a milk farmer in lush New Zealand. A treacherous friend advises Lucinda to test her beloved's love, but the tests lead to the loss of their cows and possibly all hope for true love. The Price of Milk abounds with surreal touches (like an agoraphobic dog who wears a cardboard box and a family of magical golfing Maori) and events that may not make rational sense, but are absolutely perfect nonetheless. A wonderful film with an adorable cast. --Bret Fetzer

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Once upon a time, on a dairy farm in a faraway land of fertile green valleys, there lived two lovers-Lucinda and Rob, and their one hundred and seventeen cows. After Rob proposes, however, Lucinda starts to worry that the sparkle may be fading from their love. When she confides in her best friend Drosophilia, she suggests Lucinda put Rob's love through a series of tests. Convinced this is the only way to tell if their love is forever, Lucinda returns home and the games begin. When Lucinda discovers a mystical old Maori woman, and trades Rob's precious cows for a quilt, their fairytale romance spins out of control. After he fails to recover his livestock and livelihood, he moves into his friend Bernie's cold garage. At the same time, Lucinda realizes that, silly games aside, she must get Rob's cows back before she loses her one true love. Ultimately, she must learn the price of milk before it's too late.

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Product Details

  • Actors:  Karl Urban, Willa O'Neill Danielle Cormack
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: New Yorker
  • DVD Release Date: November 26, 2002
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JMRH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,082 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Price of Milk" on IMDb

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By J. Remington on January 5, 2003
Format: DVD
"The Price Of Milk", a charming, quirky modern day fairy tale for adults set in the beautiful green rolling hills of rural North Island New Zealand, teaches the age old lesson (in a easy going, pleasant way) that sacrifice holds the key to love.
Shot in a magic realistic style that is somewhat reminiscent of "Like Water For Chocolate" and some of Brunel's more lyrical works, "The Price Of Milk" is a fun, quirky, symbollic film that blurs the lines between dream time and waking.
The actors are charming and utterly believable as is the mysterious "Mrs. Jackson", an Indian trickster that drives the narrative.
"The Price Of Milk" is a fine love letter to all couples. We must all give up something to keep together. This is a small, quiet film to love and cherish.
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By Toni on January 11, 2005
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Friends recommended The Price of Milk, with caution. "Wierd", "strange", "remember it's a fairy tale."

Well, I absolutely L-O-V-E love this movie. Not only do we get to see the usually serious KARL URBAN, (Bourne Supremacy, Chronicles of Riddick, Lord of the Rings) being cute, silly and romantic, but we get a smart, quirky, beautifully visual film as well.

The sound track is STUNNING and I purchased it immediately.

Watch this film and escape from the real world for awhile. You won't be disappointed.
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I could throw some adjectives at this movie, but I doubt it would work. It's as if Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Jane Campion had a dairy-based love child and put it on Prozac.

If you are not currently in a happy relationship, watch with caution.

The commentary track is of the 'crawl inside the filmmaker's head' variety (as opposed to the 'look at our special effects' variety).

Other points:

Full of Russian orchestra music!

Karl Urban has been added to my Amazon wishlist, but they say he's backordered. He's like a dimply funny R. Feinnes.

Agoraphobic dog in a box!

Quilting!

Character named after fruit flies!
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By A Customer on March 14, 2003
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And with a yummy-licious lead actor. One of the greatest things about this movie is the way it was made. Director Harry Sinclair (Isildur from Lord of the Rings) picked some music. Then he found a location. Then he got his actors. And they made up the script as they went along-but you can't tell! The actors are so wonderful that they were able to go along with whatever Sinclair wanted, and still make it work. Absolutely lovely location, perfect music, and a great story. The characters are awesome-two young lovers (Karl Urban-sigh, wonderful man-see him as Eomer in LOTR) who are off their rockers, an agorophobic dog (one of the best parts), a gang of giant Maori faries, etc and so forth. Its set in a valley where magical things happen, and you most likely will need to watch it several times. But thats okay, because besides the great New Zealand accents, you will be laughing, crying, and hoping for a fairy tale ending. (Note, one person called it the Princess Bride on acid, and I do believe that was accurate-its utterly fantastical)
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As stated before on some other reviews, I am a big Karl Urban fan. He has got such great range that you don't always get to see in his action movies. This is a cute, quirky little romance that he did in his native New Zealand. Karl is the main love interest and his girlfriend/fiancee in the movie loses something that she believes is important to her. She makes a deal to get it back and ends up ruining her relationship with Karl's character which is when she realizes he is what she really wants and she works to get him back. The entire movie is entertaining and funny but the agoraphobic dog is the best.
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I came across this movie years ago when I was in my foreign movie phase. This is set in New Zealand. Now about this movie I can't really explain. My take is that there's a couple who live in the country side and raise cows. She wants excitement in the relationship so she does certain things to try to get her fiancé mad but she takes it too far and suddenly things get weirder from there. Its so messed up but I love this movie anyway. There's something so bazaar and sweet at the same time. Especially the scenery in this movie showing how beautiful New Zealand is.
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This quirkily little film is one of my most favorite movies of all time. So charming and so whimsical. If you enjoy movies like Amelie, you will likely enjoy this one as well. It's a fairy tale ... very artfully done ... with an irreverent sense of humor.
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At the beginning of "The Little Prince", an aviator lost in a desert draws a picture of a sheep for a demanding young man appeared from nowhere. When a mystery is too overpowering, the aviator observed, one dare not disobey.

It is this magical mystery, I believe, which invigorates this quirky film.
Of course, "The Little Prince" remains utterly charming throughout; "The Price of Milk", at times, is just utterly odd.

But, despite its oddness--no, despite its e..x..a..g..g..e..r..a..t..e..d oddness--I found myself charmed. I found myself saying: oh hell, stop being an old nelly, this is a love story; let them eat and bathe and do dishes and get engaged all at once, all in one bathtub.
oh hell, stop worrying about conventions, this is a love story; let there be little, big putting Jacksons populating the movie. . .let there be a dog so socially challenged he runs about in a box. . .let there be impossible car crashes which shooty up-too-high-in-the-sky house trailers. . .

I think this movie is simply trying to convey what it should feel like to be young and in love. And if I'm too old and too cynical to understand it all, well, shame on my imagination.

I am not too old--never will be too old--to see the magic and appreciate the beauty of the colors from some remarkable shots. . .what cinematography!
Forget the oddness of a swimmer in a vat of milk--look at that white, look at the garish bathing cap, look at that pretty woman. . .
Forget the impossible long tail of the Indian wedding gown--look at the brillant red slash against the green, green hill. . .
Forget the silliness of a woman crawling through a large heating duct impossibly appearing in an open field--look at the radiance of that beautiful young face again, now encircled in chrome. . .

Already, in reviewing, I miss the film. . .as I miss being young and in love. . .
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