Run time: 94 mins
Joe Pantoliano stars in this breezy comedy-drama centring on one man’s offbeat midlife crisis.
Pushed into an ethical corner by his board, Canadian automotive executive Marco walks away. To gain perspective, he heads to Acerenza, the small village in Italy where he was born. As long-forgotten memories are triggered, Marco’s childhood buddy Luca reintroduces him around town. When he sees his grandfather’s winery is shut, Marco decides to reopen it and breathe some life into this depressed region. Back in Toronto, his wife Marina and daughter Laura are baffled, so they travel to Italy to make him see some sense.
In a rare leading role, Pantoliano absolutely shines, vividly capturing Marco’s likeability as well as his moral compass. It’s great to watch him tap into something deep inside of him, finding unexpected joy that’s infectious to those around him.
Exploring important issues while simply letting its cosy story unfold, From the Vine serves up an enjoyable blend of earthy drama and comedy, with a bit of romance stirred in for good measure. A warm movie with a big heart. (Chris Coetsee)