"A FILM THAT REVIVES THE HOMEGROWN CINEMA" - AVOIR-ALIRE
FRANCE • DRAMA-COMEDY • 97 MINS • 2015 • M
DIRECTOR: JÉRÔME LE MAIRE
CAST: JALIL LESPERT, GÉRARD LANVIN, ALICE TAGLIONI, LAURA SMET
Bursting with sumptuous cinematography of the vineyards of Burgundy, an assured cast and a feel-good script, First Growth is vintage French film-making about the art of making wine.
The story concerns Charlie, the son of a wine grower who left his vineyard home to become a renowned Parisian oenologist and the author of a hugely successful wine guide. When Charlie returns to help his family’s failing enterprise he struggles with temperamental weather, a delicate grape and the doubts of his father (Gérard Lanvin, Get Well Soon – Festival 2015). Can the wine critic become a wine producer?
This is a delightful and rewarding film from director Jérôme Le Maire, which lovingly captures today’s professional world of winemaking and the challenges each new generation must face. Lanvin is particularly affecting as the gruff patriarch who has become disillusioned with wine. A well-made film with lots of body and a perfect finish, First Growth is a film to be enjoyed with friends.
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