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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.

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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:

A Heavenly Vintage See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR8,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$135,423
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(European Film Market)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A beautiful film that brings forth a world of desire, lust and passion as well as death and anguish. The true duality of life.
6 June 2011 | by lleone8See all my reviews

This film, which transports us to 19th century France, is so beautiful in so many ways. It seeps in and touches you with the delicacy of a fine wine. The pace of it let's you digest each moment and allows you to linger in a wonderful world of passion, desire, spiritedness as well as death and anguish. Which is why I loved the film so much...the duality of it. It's not like your typical Hollywood movie in which one thing or another is forced onto you. The film takes you on a journey where you can think about, and more importantly feel the duality of life...the duality of your own life and spirit. It awakens an understanding within yourself through the characters and the script. The acting is superb...Vera Farmiga is at her best and Keisha Castle-Hughes has become a fierce woman with such raw vibrancy I was wishing for more of her. The script takes the kind of turns and risks you can only hope for when watching a film. Filled with such feeling and thought it's a tale that lingers on long after leaving the theater....isn't that what art is all about.


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