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A Heavenly Vintage (2009)

The Vintner's Luck (original title)
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In 19th century France, a peasant winemaker endeavors to create the perfect vintage.

Director:

Niki Caro

Writers:

Niki Caro, Elizabeth Knox (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jérémie Renier ... Sobran Jodeau
Keisha Castle-Hughes ... Celeste
Patrice Valota Patrice Valota ... Comte de Vully
Vania Vilers ... Jodeau Senior
Eric Godon ... Father Lesy
Gaspard Ulliel ... The Vintner's Luck
Stephane Garneau-Monten ... Young Soldier (as Stephane Garneau)
Juliette Mariotte Juliette Mariotte ... Baby Sabine
Finn Van Mell Finn Van Mell ... Baby Nicolette
Charlotte Cheveau Charlotte Cheveau ... Sabine - 2-3 Years
Felicity-Amore Castle-Hughes Felicity-Amore Castle-Hughes ... Nicolette - 12-18 Months
Julie Berthoux Julie Berthoux ... Sabine - 4-5 Years
François Beukelaers François Beukelaers ... Chief Winemaker
Vera Farmiga ... Aurora de Valday
Jean-Louis Sbille ... Henri
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Storyline

!800s, Napoleonic era. Sobran Jodeau (Jérémie Renier) is an ambitious young peasant winemaker. He has three loves of his life - his beautiful wife Celeste (Keisha Castle-Hughes), the proudly intellectual baroness Aurora de Valday (Vera Farmiga) and Xas (Gaspard Ulliel), a male angel who strikes up one day each year but enduring friendship that borders on eroticism with him. Under Xas' guidance, Sobran is forced to fathom the nature of love and belief and in the process grapples with the sensual, the sacred and the profane - in pursuit of the perfect vintage. Written by lament

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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

New Zealand | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 2009 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand See more »

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Budget:

€8,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(European Film Market)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A Vintner and his angel.
6 October 2012 | by JoshuamwcSee all my reviews

Having read the novel by Elizabeth Knox I had high hopes for the film. I bought the DVD and when I got round to the viewing I was impressed by Niki Caro's rendition. The movie was beautifully crafted from start to finish with the exception of the wasted screen time establishing the landscape. Too much screen time was dedicated to the albeit beautiful French/New Zealand landscape. The casting was perfect, each of the protagonists had a part to play romantically to Sobran Jodeau. Celeste (Keisha Castle Hughes) was the physical, the Baroness (Vera Farmiga) being Intelletual and Xas (Gaspard Ulliel) the spiritual. One factor I found disappointing was the relationship between Sobran and Xas in the novel played a significant role in influencing the fruition of Sobran's dreams to create a wine never tasted, yet in the film the relationship seemed downplayed. Which is a shame because it seemed like the film missed something which would have brought justice to the novel. However I definitely think that this movie is a gem which touches on a mythical theme not explored in the film Industry. The introduction of the angel Xas seemed very believable and I believe Niki managed to bring to life Elizabeth Knox's story of a vintner and his angel to life.


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