With an angel for a guide Sobran works to create the perfect wine as he struggles to balance his love for two women. And, maybe for the angel as well.
Jeremie Renier (Sobran), Keisha Castle-Hughes (Celeste), Vania Vilers (Jodeau), Eric Godon (Lesy), Patrice Valota (Comte de Vully), Francois Beukelaers (Winemaker), Gaspard Ulliel (Vintner's Luck), Vera Farmiga (Aurora de Valday).
A Heavenly Vintage is a bit of a slow journey, much like making wine. The storyline is fairly bland until you realize that each of his loves is a distinct part of an emotional relationship, rather than each being whole in itself. Though interesting and unusual, the storyline moves quite slowly with significant disconnects and lack of explanation at times. The film also focuses a bit heavily on the landscape at times.
Acting was pretty good with Renier and Farmiga delivering very well. Castle-Hughes also did nicely while Ulliel was an unusual but enjoyable addition.
Camera work focused heavily on the landscape but the natural sets were beautiful. Effects were nicely done and fit the film well and costuming was well done. Dialogue was good if a bit bland. Sound and soundtrack were okay.
A Heavenly Vintage takes over 2 hours to mature but for those who enjoy a solid drama the result is pretty good. Those desiring a faster pace or some action will be seriously disappointed.
With some sexuality this should be fine for older teens and above.
copyright ©2014 Dave Riedel
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