Whale Rider (2002), that film still proved an international success. She went on to make a better American movie North Country (2005), with Charlize Theron, that did little business. Now comes Vintner/
Vintage, first seen under its original title at the Toronto International Film Festival way back in 2009 but only last month becoming available here in the USA via DVD. (And in a not very sterling transfer. A film this beautiful absolutely deserves a Blu-ray release!)
Keisha Castle-Hughes) on the map, it's this film (also starring Ms Castle-Hughes, above) that will, over time, most burnish her reputation. While Whale Rider offered little content in a too-lengthy running time (granted, what there was probably seemed quite exotic to international audiences), this wine-and-love story is filled with content -- and character, history, mystery and... an angel. The manner in which Ms Caro handles this "other-worldly" creature is exemplary: We first see but a suggestion of the winged figure. And then, he is simply there -- bright as something white in the night -- and absolutely real. That he is played by the fine French actor Gaspard Ulliel, below, who makes at once the hunkiest and most beautiful (and intelligent!) angel ever (eat your heart out John Phillip Law) almost immediately takes the movie to new territory.
Vera Farmiga, below, in one of her best roles (yes, she's has a lot of these), the character is reticent and proud, deep and genuine, and adds as much as do our two males to the richly evolving story.