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The Vintner's Luck

2 h 6 min201015
Sobran is an ambitious winemaker with three loves - his beautiful wife Celeste, an intellectual baroness and Xas, an angel. Under Xas's guidance Sobran is forced to understand the nature of love and belief and grapples with the sensual, the sacred and the profane in pursuit of the perfect vintage.
Niki Caro
Jérémie RenierGaspard Ulliel
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3.2 out of 5 stars

26 global ratings

  1. 33% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 12% of reviews have 4 stars
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andyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 March 2015
2.0 out of 5 stars
Only myself to blame
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Please be aware that there are spoilers in this review!

I purchased The Vintner’s Luck because Keisher Castle-Hughes is in the cast – having seen her previously in some other films (Hey, Hey It’s Esther Blueburger, Whale Rider and Red Dog) that I had enjoyed. I knew nothing of the plot of The Vintner’s Luck, but having watched other films where I have known (some of) the cast but nothing of the plot and having been rewarded with enjoyable films, I was happy to do just that with this film, but there was my mistake.

Now to be fair, if I knew the plot of this film I may not have purchased the DVD. The main, but not only aspect of this film that I didn’t like was the need to have a belief like that of a five-year-old child that angels, complete with clichéd very large white feathered wings, exist. As I said though, my fault for not reading a synopsis. Just as disappointing for me was finding that most, if not all, of the dialogue had been recorded in post-production, giving a very unnatural sound to much of what was spoken.

On top of that, the plot, such as it was, was somewhat lightweight and repetitive. Yes there is some pleasant scenery in the film but such images have often been photographed much better in other films, for example the photography in The Return Of Martin Guerre shows rural, peasant France much more convincingly.

Keisha Castle-Hughes is an Oscar nominated actress, but sadly for me she was very much in a supporting role in The Vintner’s Luck. So all round, this was a very disappointing film for me.

I guess this is one for fans of angels and dubbed dialogue.

On the DVD you get:

The Vintner’s Luck (2:01)
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Set-up: 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS Surround 5.1
Optional English Subtitles for the hard of hearing.

It is a New Zealand and French co-production but the language is English only.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 October 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 April 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Scenes from the book well illustrated
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Yes, it's going to disappoint people who love the book, because it is so very much pared down. The film would have had to be very long to cover the same ground as the book, which goes from 1808-63 in some detail, and then takes you into the present day. The film is so beautiful that I'd have had the patience to watch it for four or five hours, but perhaps that wasn't practicable. As it is, the best thing is to regard the film as showing you scenes from the book, and then imagine the rest for yourself as you read the book again. But if it's true that a lot more was shot and discarded, then we should hope for a 'director's cut' in due course - or at least a release of the DVD with 'deleted scenes'. Renier, Ulliel and Farmiga play with exquisite sensitivity, and the filming is beautiful. The scene where Xas takes wing and plays with Sobran is enough by itself to earn the film five stars.
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G.S.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 December 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
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Gaspard ulliel is absolutely lovely looking! But still 2hrs (approx) of my life I will never get back. Not a good movie. Suspect the book may be better
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NPlgReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 February 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
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please watch
Yvonne KhanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 May 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I loved it from rags to riches and contentment.
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Leila O'ConnorReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 November 2014
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not as bad as I thought it would be
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I'd heard this film was a complete vandalism of the book. It certainly misses the book's best content, but what it does include it does nicely. The humanist themes of making the most of the one life we do have, friendship and the imprint of ourselves on the things that we make are strong.
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PDMReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 March 2011
2.0 out of 5 stars
Somewhat dull
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Its an average film at best, far to erratic in the way it was structured. The cast's perfomances in the main where poor with only the odd perfomance or part perfomance adding anything of worth. Truth about this is I,m sure it could have been better, but it's really just a film that looks like it had a really small budget.
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