The Vintner's Luck details
|Formats:||15 DVD, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Vera Farmiga, Gaspard Ulliel, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Eric Godon, Vania Vilers, Patrice Valota, Jeremie Renier|
|Genres:||Drama - Crime, Thriller, Romance|
|Studio:||ICON HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
The Vintner's Luck
|2hrs 1 min||15|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||2 hours 1 minute|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
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Simply BeautifulBy LindumGreene (6 reviews) from Lincoln'Shire , 21 Apr 2010
[Highly rated reviewer]Ok, so there's an angel in it, and he's pretty, the sub harmonics of his voice lend to his etheral nature. He's not the best depiction I've encountered on screen, but he's there. Get past the angel; any underlying issues there involved and a delicate and beautifully rendered film awaits you. It's a simple tale, told of an uncomplcated age. The stringed music is evocative, the costumes are considered. Simple & beautiful, a painting can be found in every frame.
Ok so maybe the angel plays an intrinsic part to the plot, but is he really and isn't that the point he's trying to make?
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The Vintner's LuckBy lesleys24 (9 reviews) , 22 Oct 2011I enjoyed it but I think it lost a fair amount in it's adaptation from book to film.
The scenery was spot on - breathtaking! - but the content of the film wasn't as involved as the book (which I suppose is to be expected) and the angel didn't feature quite as much in the film adaptation.
If you like an atmospheric, slowly unfurling film this my be for you - certainly not if you're an action adventure lover!
Sticks in your head long afterBy a customer from OXON , 07 Sep 2011Gaspard Ulliel and Jérémie Renier are my two favourite French speaking actors so to have them both in the same film was a real treat. Overall, it's reminicient of a Chaucers Tale. It moralises, it's funny, it's sad... Ticks lots of boxes on that score. It's also well acted and beautifully shot. If you like French films, this is a must.
A Glass of Merlot, perhapsBy Minny (565 reviews) from London , 31 May 2011I likes this film mainly because Verma Frmiga is mesmorising (as usual) and because I like the off tipple. It is a little long and a little surreal but I liked the storyline and it is just one of those pleasant films that is easy watching. it is not thought provoking or disturbing in any way and is one of those good old fashioned sunday afternoon films.
absolute rubbishBy a customer , 25 May 2011The most hideous film I have ever seen. Avoid. Seriously: AVOID. If you want to enjoy a story about wine, go buy a good bottle of the stuff and don't even think about watching this horrid film.
Another "stab in the back" ... !!!By Cineoholic (4 reviews) from London , 27 Feb 2011Yet another annihilation and complete 'heterosexualization' of what was originally a beautiful and heartfelt GAY romance. // Just like they did most recently with John Lindqvist's : 'Let the Right One In'. (Although this one at least still retained it's charm !) // ...
The author Elizabeth Knox, who entrusted her wonderful book to be filmed. Has stated that she cried for many days at the betrayal she felt, after viewing what the director did with her story. ~ Throwing in plenty of 'hetero' sex scenes, but totally glossing over and ignoring the central gay romance which was the very core and heart of the story. ...
And I too felt totally disappointed, and quite a bit enraged, at a director whom I previously held in high regard (for her excellent film 'Whale Rider'). ~ I've now lost all respect for this totally 'spineless' (& possibly homophobic ?) 'cop-out' of a director ! (Although to be fair, she was also probably pressured from 'above', in all likelihood !?) ... Either way, we already have more than a gazillion and one heterosexual stories and romances. Was it really necessary to steal and appropriate this one too ? ~ If 'they' didn't want to film it as it was written, why even attempt it ? ~ For as it stands, it's not only a failed attempt (& lost opportunity), but a total INSULT !
All we can now hope for is that perhaps sometime in the future Elizabeth Knox might again entrust her magical story into the capable hands of someone who will actually do it justice. (Someone the likes of Ang Lee, for example, immediately springs to mind. ~ Who I'm sure would have faithfully filmed this as beautifully as it was written. And given us another masterpiece !)
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