Saturday, June 15, 2013

red obsession

Oh hello. It's been a while hasn't it?

I've been busy and currently, I'm knee deep with the Sydney Film Festival. It's my 3rd festival since I've got here and each year there have been films that have captured my attention and imagination. In my 1st, there was Jiro Dreams of Sushi which was just pure food porn although I know there was a greater story behind - one of the art of perfection, succession and a father/son relationship. In the 2nd, there was the story which followed the plans for succession of Michel Bras' eponymous restaurant in Laguiole, France. The documentary resonated with me and brought back very fond memories because R and I had just visited Bras a year earlier from watching the film at the time.

This year's "foodie" movie was not about food per se but about the drink - wine. Maybe it's because I've never been much of a wine drinker so watching and learning about Bordeaux wines have made me wonder - will I appreciate wine better once I've had a taste of the 1982 Lafite? What makes a bottle of wine worth tens of thousands of dollars? How GOOD really is good wine? Wine is really, a whole art by itself and one that I have much to learn about (that is if I know how to drink a little better). Anyhow, I think the film, other than focusing on the topic of wine, really raised other issues such as globalisation. In fact, if you watch the film, you would realise that the movie is not all about wine because the same issues could be transposed into any other situation today. Anyhow, I won't spoil too much of what it's about. Have a watch of the trailer and you'll see. Intriguing and in my opinion, a must-watch.