Director: Sean Cisterna
Writer: Willem Wennekers (Screenplay) Kenneth Canio Cancellara (Novel)
Starring: Joe Pantoliano, Paula Brancati, Marco Leonardi, Wendy Crewson, Tony Nardi, Tony Nappo, Franco Lo Presti
Plot: A downtrodden man experiences an ethical crisis and travels back to his hometown in rural Italy to recalibrate his moral compass.
Tagline – The grape never falls far from the vine.
Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: From the Vine starts when successful businessman Marco (Pantoliano) has an ethical crisis, he decides to pack his bags and head back to his hometown in Italy, in an attempt to find his moral compass again.
Here Marco reflects on his life, where he was overly strict with his daughter Laura (Brancati) and distant from his wife Marina (Crewson), making the drastic decision to reopen his family’s vineyard, despite the struggles he might face, with the locals not believing he knows what he is doing.
Thoughts on From the Vine
Thoughts – From the Vine is a drama showing how one man gives us his successful life in Canada to return home to Italy, starting by just wanting to find himself, but soon deciding to reopen his family’s vineyard, finding a fresh happiness in his later years of life. This is the type of mid-life crisis movies we have been seeing for years, with the idea that sometimes risking everything to find something new, will give you a new meaning to life. This will have the life affirming moments in life, rebuilding the relationship between family and sending the feel-good message to a small town community. The performances are excellent with Joe Pantoliano, Paula Brancati and Wendy Crewson bringing the American cast to life, while Marco Leonardi, Tony Nardi, Tony Nappo bringing the Italian cast to life. The Italian backdrop is beautiful to see, being the complete opposite to watch has been experienced in the busy North American areas the family comes from.
From The Vine will be available in UK Cinemas from 10th September & Home Entertainment from 13th November
Final Thoughts – From the Vine is an enjoyable life-crisis movie about finding a new place in life.