Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Vintner's Luck

I wouldn't have watched The Vintner's Luck (2009) if Vera Farmiga wasn't in it. I wouldn't have finished watching it if Vera Farmiga wasn't in it. It's basically a romping period spectacle with little to offer.
Sobran (Jeremie Renier) is a peasant winemaker who is married to Celeste (Keisha Castle-Hughes), and is finding it hard to makes ends meet. One night he meets Xas (Gaspard Ulliel), an beautiful angel who guides him through life (yes, like a guardian angel). Sobran decides to make the perfect wine, and gets financial help from the illustrious Aurora de Valday (Vera Farmiga). But Sobran reaches a crisis in which he can't decide who he loves more: Celeste, Xas or Aurora de Valday.
This movie wasn't perfect. At times it was quite boring, and wass only just held up by the performances. Keisha Castle-Hughes, though, was extremely bad at maintaining whatever accent she was using, and had nothing much else to do but make love to Sobran. Jeremie Reiner was okay, but he had a confusing portrayal of Sobran. Gaspard Ulliel was pretty terrifying as Xas, but managed to angelic throughout the whole thing. But Vera Farmiga. She is what you call an actress. Someone has to give her an Oscar soon! Overall, this film was great because it was good in the period aspect, but then again it was quite boring. Niki Caro did an average job on what should have been great.

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