by Zefred for FILMbutton
It is always inspiring to witness stories of visionary characters who follow their dreams, passions, and succeed. Barolo Boys, The Story Of A Revolution, recounts one of these real-life rag to riches fairy tales : how, in the 80’S and 90’s, a new generation of small producers of an unknown and disparaged table wine from a remote Italian region, transformed into one of the world’s top red nectars.
Through interviews of the main protagonists of the Barolo Revolution, the film takes us for a journey across the northwestern Italian region of Langhe’s vineyards, from what inspired the wine makers, what convinced them, to how they managed to hoist their small operations to an international level, while upsetting the quiet world of the Piemontese countryside. But, as a character in the film rightly says : which revolution hasn’t had unpleasant side effects?
The subject and stories are great and inspiring, the images are beautiful and make for a good educational and relaxing moment. From a theatrical, cinematic point of view though, we can only regret that the filmmakers, Paolo Casalis and Tiziano Gaia, advocates of the Slow Food movement, didn’t make a better use of the editing, sound and featured a bit too many talking heads for the documentary to truly shine on the big screens.
So, don’t be thrown by the introduction, the rest of the film is definitely worth the viewing.
Zefred is an award winning French/Canadian filmmaker, film lover and journalist whose short films have been screened at multiple festivals around the world. He writes regularly for the prestigious French Magazine L’Écran Fantastique and the Torontonian French Newspaper L’Express de Toronto.
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