Red Obsession
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Narrated by Russell Crowe, the film takes us on an extraordinary journey from Bordeaux to Beijing, from the passion and art of the vineyard to the notorious counterfeit wine markets of the Far East and into the homes of billionaire collectors. RED OBSESSION explores the unlikely love affair between the traditional West and the seductive but unpredictable East. The demand is unprecedented, but the product is finite and this new client wants it all. Will the China market be the bubble that never bursts or the biggest threat yet to Bordeaux's centuries old reputation? (c) FilmBuff
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Despite being a rather thin, by-the-books documentary that abruptly changes course at the halfway mark, Red Obsession tells a fascinating financial tale about the rise of "wine fever" in China."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"[a] probing, fascinating documentary"
‑ Jordan Hoffman, New York Daily News
"A lot of worthless talk about the greatness of Bordeaux takes too much away from the very few fascinating parts of the story."
‑ Christopher Campbell, Nonfics
"Sly, sometimes funny documentary version of Bottle Shock, with China playing the role of 1970s Napa as it creeps up to smack the snooty Old World wine snobs."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Red Obsession is informative, and entertainingly so, with its honeyed Russell Crowe narration and sweet tracking shots through sun-dappled vineyards."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
""Red Obsession" gains interest as it delineates how the production and sale of first-growth Bordeaux has become the biggest of businesses and how the Chinese may or may not fit into the picture."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"A concise portrait of not only the historic Bordeaux region of France, but also of the way its business has been impacted-for good and ill-by China's emergence as a superpower."
‑ Nick Schager, AV Club
"Wine documentary examines China's consumption's contribution to runaway prices."
‑ Kam Williams, Baret News
"This exceptional, visually and informationally rich doc reveals much beyond its ostensible theme."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Offers the ins and outs of the world of wine as an implicit metaphor for art appreciation, from both aesthetic and financial standpoints."
‑ Kenji Fujishima, Slant Magazine
"The movie raises legitimate concerns about the cultural and economic implications of status-minded overconsumption."
‑ Nicole Herrington, New York Times
"The doc affords us a look into a world rarely seen by the lumpenproletariat ..."
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Village Voice
"Some nice cinematography and pleasant talking heads help Red Obsession go down smooth, but this is more like a pamphlet than an actual movie."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"A film about obsession, about wine-mania, about people who live, breathe, eat, think, drink wine."
‑ Sheila O'Malley,
"The film isn't so much about wine but about the unstoppable rise of China as the world's next pace-setter...A very entertaining doc, regardless of whether you like a drop."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
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