David Roach & Warwick Ross
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Narrated by Oscar-winner Russell Crowe, this stunningly shot and wildly entertaining documentary chronicles the history and changing nature of the French wine industry. For centuries Bordeaux has commanded a mythical status in the world of fine wines as a symbol of wealth, power and influence. Prices for its prestigious red wines have been breaking records with the emergence of an ever-growing Chinese market that is changing the nature of wine in the 21st century. Featuring interviews with collectors, connoisseurs, and winemakers, the film presents an eye-opening exploration of the complexities and unpredictability of the global market and the economic effects and influence of the voracious wine-obsessed collectors of China. For better or worse, Bordeaux is hitching itself to this new, infinitely wealthy client. A FilmBuff Presentation.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 20
- Fresh: 19
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 7.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The movie raises legitimate concerns about the cultural and economic implications of status-minded overconsumption.
Fresh: "Red Obsession" gains interest as it delineates how the production and sale of first-growth Bordeaux has become the biggest of businesses and how the Chinese may or may not fit into the picture.
Fresh: The doc affords us a look into a world rarely seen by the lumpenproletariat ...
Fresh: [a] probing, fascinating documentary
Couldn't sit through it. They just rented Russell Crowe with some nice scenery and no convincing plot. Much better wine movies out there.
This movie is getting a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes? It's a pretty boring film.
Nice film for wine lovers
I tried red wine from India a few weeks ago and this film makes me look forward to the first drinkable vintages from China.
Judging from its trailer this film seems to be marketed as a "Oh, the Chinese are taking over Bordeaux"-film. But that's not the case. It's quite touching witnessing China making its baby steps in 'wine made from grapes'. Also, it is an informative film reconfirming that earth is such an exciting place these days, with so much going on.