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The Vintner's Luck

 

 

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Feature 7.0
Video 9.5
Audio 8.5
Special Features 2.0
Total 7.5
Distributor: Icon
Running Time: 120 minutes
Rating: M15+
Reviewer:
Simon Black

7.0


The Vintner's Luck

Based on the acclaimed novel by Elizabeth Knox and directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider), The Vintnerís Luck revolves around a young peasant winemaker named Sobran and the three central figures of his life; his beautiful wife Celeste (Keshia Castle-Hughes), baroness Aurora de Valday (Vera Farmiga) and an angel named Xas (Gaspard Ulliel of Hannibal Rising fame).  As he enters adulthood Sobranís love life becomes as tangled as the vines he spends his days tending, and his yearning for spiritual fulfilment, not to mention the search for the perfect vintage, form the backdrop of this gentle and picturesque historical drama. 

Set in 19th century Burgundy and spanning a period of several decades, The Vintnerís Luck features some absolutely stunning visuals.  The lush imagery is undoubtedly the filmís strength, and the shooting locations of New Zealand, France and Belgium, not to mention its subject matter, will appeal to anyone of a romantic bent.  The performances from the talented ensemble cast are also universally strong; Castle-Hughes continues her run of solid, affecting performances and Farmiga, who more than held her own against George Clooney in Up In the Air, has also once again proven herself a capable and versatile actress.  The metaphysical presence of chisel-jawed cherub Xas is also a nice touch, and proves a unique and poetic way of tying together the narrative. 

Though the paltry bonus features are a disappointment, the Blu-ray transfer itself is immaculate and forms the perfect compliment to Caroís delicate, luminous cinematography.  The film received a decidedly mixed response from critics, but on the right night and given the right frame of mind The Vintnerís Luck could, just like a decent drop of burgundy, really hit the spot. 

Special Features

Cast Interviews

Trailers for The Private Lives of Pippa Lee and Sleepwalking 






 
 



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