Red Obsession


Documentary / History / News

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 86% · 22 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 70% · 2.5K ratings
IMDb Rating 6.6/10 10 1385 1.4K


Top cast

Russell Crowe as Narrator
720.38 MB
English 2.0
24 fps
1 hr 18 min
Seeds 4

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by face-819-933726 7 / 10

Decent documentary that goes exactly where you know it will.

Solid documentary showing both the highs, and the lows of the impact a China can have on any industry, as the moods of their people shift from one object of status to another. Very fair to both sides, and this movie kept the dialog clear, and open. There are some amazing interviews that really show how much China has opened up to so many new things. We are shown very nicely how the people have come from such oppression to this relative freedom, and new levels of power, that are similar to what other countries have been through during most of the last half of the 20th century, though on a much grander scale. Slow at times, I did Enjoy the over all tale, and the lessons being taught are not heavy handed or really all that surprising. I recommend this to wine people, and world travelers alike, but there is much to be enjoyed by the average person as you get to see some sights from all over the world set in beautiful time lapsed film work. All I say is just wait till India joins the games.

Reviewed by planktonrules 8 / 10

It's no longer about enjoying the wine...

I was only mildly interested in watching this documentary and turned it on expecting very little. After all, I rarely ever drink French wines and just don't have much interest in them. However, I soon realized that in many ways the film isn't really about wines at all- -it's all a metaphor for the sudden and very dramatic rise in the Chinese economy and their subsequent buying power. It also, in many ways, is much like the entrance of Americans into the world economy in the 20th century--when some folks were more interested in spending their money on some hot commodity instead of what is quality. In the film, the Chinese elite seem too interested in specific famous labels as opposed to actually DRINKING the wines-- and as a result of folks stockpiling the wines and paying top dollar, the wine prices on the 'best' wines are astronomical and no one can afford to drink them! All in all, a fascinating film that really gets you to think.

Reviewed by TimMeade 5 / 10

Nice Architecture, Too Few Facts

This is an Australian-produced doco, looking at the history of wines from Bordeaux.

It is 75 minutes long.

After 75 minutes, I was aware that they have been making wines in Bordeaux since the Romans brought the vines; that Napoleon III had the wines graded in 1855 and the grades given remain to this day; that conditions come together for a great vintage about every 20 years; that wine is bought as an investment; that Americans have stopped buying it but the Chinese now do; that some French are sniffily xenophobic about dealing with the Chinese and that if the Chinese ever stop buying, the market may collapse.

Those facts took 75 minutes to explain. 75 very long minutes.

Some nice aerial photography. And looking at beautifully designed and constructed French chateaux is always easy on the eye.

The film had a nice, laconic commentary from Russell Crowe whose smoky, tobacco-enhanced voice fitted the subject well.

But it was all just too superficial, too under-researched with not enough of interest to fill the film's time span. Some more history would have been welcome; the Great French Wine Blight of the late 1850s post-dated Napoleon III's gradings – didn't the blight make them obsolete? This question wasn't addressed but would seem fundamental to an evaluation of Bordeaux. Still, I'm sure had I gone to France's bucolic beauty spots to research such a film, I too would have been so distracted drinking the stuff I'd have forgotten the reason for the visit.

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