From the Vine (2020) - Rotten Tomatoes

From the Vine2020

From the Vine (2020)




Critic Consensus: A too-rare opportunity for Joe Pantoliano to shine in a leading role, From the Vine transcends its formulaic story with infectious warmth.

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Mark Gentile, an attorney and automotive company executive, travels to Italy after a major humiliation in business. He returns to the tiny village of Acerenza, visiting the vineyard where he grew up and finds it in a state of disrepair. Mark gets an idea to bring the overgrown property back to life and start producing wine again. Mark convinces various denizens of Acerenza, each with their own comedic personality, to aid him in this seemingly impractical effort, promising everyone a share in the business if it is successful. Concerned about his sudden and lengthy trip, Mark is joined by his wife Marina, and his twenty-something daughter, Laura, who's purpose is lost. But when Mark gets a serious offer to run another company, he abruptly packs up and heads home, leaving his daughter to run the winery, something she never planned to do as a career. Laura is furious with Mark, but then learns that his choice will ultimately benefit the vineyard and bring true prosperity to Acerenza.

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Joe Pantoliano
as Mark Gentile
Paula Brancati
as Laura Gentile
Wendy Crewson
as Marina Gentile
Tony Nardi
as Marcello
Ken Cancellara
as Train Conductor
Sonia Dhillon Tully
as Barbara Cavendish
Blu Lepore
as Customs Agent
Frank Moore
as Gordon Welsh
Michele Stefanile
as Young Marco
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Critic Reviews for From the Vine

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (4)

It's Eat Pray Love for wealthy male boomers: embarrassingly sincere and iffily patronising to its Italian characters.

September 7, 2021 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
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Sean Cistera's film is, in its modest way, attractive enough. It doesn't aim very high, but its celebration of old traditions in a world where environmental concerns are being set aside in the name of progress is certainly welcome.

June 18, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

For a short time, the scenic delights of the place keep you interested but after you have settled in, it's up to Pantoliano to prove he has the charm to persuade you to overlook the story's improbabilities and engage with him and it's a hard sell.

June 16, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Playing a restless CEO fleeing his corporate and familial responsibilities in Toronto for the vineyards of Italy, Pantoliano gives a curious edge to the film, turning a stock hero into something a titch more complicated and compelling.

July 15, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Not a single character seems to have a thought they don't overtly state, every plot development is telegraphed as far ahead as the movie can manage, and stressing the apparent idyll by shoehorning in yet another scenery shot happens again and again.

July 9, 2021 | Full Review…

Is a welcome reminder of Joe Pantoliano's presence on screen, with this beautifully shot travelogue of a movie affording him a rare leading man turn.

June 21, 2021 | Full Review…

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