This comedy takes its title from the Latin proverb, which literally translated: "in wine, the truth," suggests that people reveal their truest feelings under the influence of alcohol.

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On Halloween night, two middle-aged couples prepare to attend a friend's annual party. Though the evening begins as usual, familiar traditions slowly unravel when the foursome shares a bottle of South American ceremonial wine made from the skin of blue dart tree frogs. Under the influence of this tribal truth serum, they share an unpredictable and hilarious night of unbridled honesty that stretches the bounds of their friendship forever. Written by Anonymous

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Lauren said that the blue-colored wine is made from the skin of the Blue Dart Tree Frog. It's a real animal with scientific name "Dendrobates azureus", which habitat is in central and south America. The skin of this frog contains alkaloid poison that causes paralysis, which can be lethal to humans as it could paralyze the heart muscles. It's called dart frog because the Amerindian tribes put the frog's poison on the tip of their darts and arrows. However, the level of toxicity of the blue frog's poison is considered mild. The most toxic dart frog is the golden-colored one, "Phyllobates terribilis", that has enough poison to kill 20 men or 10,000 mice. See more »

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Ridley: What is wrong with Winnie the Pooh?
Claire: Oh, you want to talk to me about Winnie the Pooh? Is that what you're saying? Well, I'll tell you about Winnie the fucking Pooh. Winnie the Pooh is an obsessive-compulsive addict who will do anything to score his next fix. They say it's honey he's after, but it may as well be crack or crystal meth. He talks about it. He sings about it. He thinks about it every minute of every day. His best friend Piglet? Neurotic and latently gay. Why else would he have a ...
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What is truth? In Vino Veritas
12 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We saw this movie today as part of the monthly Camera Cinema Club program in San Jose. It's an independent film, based on a play written by David MacGregor. There are four characters: two married couples living next door to each other in suburbia. (The movie was filmed in Lincoln, Nebraska.) On Halloween, the couples get together and the hostess brings out a mysterious blue Peruvian wine made from the boiled skin of the blue dart tree frog--supposedly the same frog used to create poison darts. Drink this and you must tell the truth. Three of the four characters drink and what follows is more than an hour of some of the rawest truth you might hope to hear among four close neighbors.

It's not like this field hasn't been plowed before. Yasmina Reza's "God of Carnage" comes to mind as a recent entry in this two-couples-speak-truth trope but you can go all the way back to "Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and probably further back if you like. There's plenty of material to mine and "Vino Veritas" mines the topic deeply and well.

This film is a comedy drama. It touches on so many land-mine subjects (life, death, truth in marriage, trials of parenthood, loss of a child, marital fidelity, sexual communication and power in marriage, loss of one's carefree youth, loss of ardor, terrorism, faith in God, and on, and on) that I simply lost count and waited for the next tick of the script. It's a high-velocity, zig-zag ramble through many, many topics and there's no way you're going to see when the next turn will occur or where it will take you. All that's required is the asking of a question to zig or zag to the next deep truth.

All four actors do a spectacular job in this 4-person film. It's so suburban in appearance that most viewers will be easily able to identify with the characters, which digs the topical hooks in even deeper. This is a thinking person's film with a heart. Comedy, drama, pathos. A rare delivery in today's film choices.


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