How To Re-establish A Vodka Empire
How To Re-establish A Vodka Empire (2011)

Daniel Edelstyn grew up with little knowledge of his family's history; he was only three when his father died, and when his mother resettled in Ireland, they began a new life with little concern for the past. It wasn't until after… More

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

Too many of the scenes here - a busted elevator, walking an elderly dog - seem included because Edelstyn didn't have any sense of structure or, worse, what exactly he was after.

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Tara Brady
Irish Times

How to Re-establish a Vodka Empire unfolds as a travelogue, a memoir, a historical recreation, and a detective story.

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Lewis Bazley
Little White Lies

Keep your Smirnoffs and Stolis in the cupboard and give this unfamiliar tipple a try. It'll warm your cockles.

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Adam Lee Davies
Time Out

Jumbled, rushed and a trifle premature - we're left hanging as to the success of the venture - it's also charming, inventive and lively.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

A slight, touching film.

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Eve Barlow
Empire Magazine

A heady delight of a documentary that will warm your cockles.

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Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix

[It's] a bit much for one film, and it's no help that the filmmaker-narrator is a lightweight and befuddled chap. Still, there are amusing moments ...

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Xan Brooks

A glorified sales presentation with one eye on the Waitrose deal. I didn't buy it.

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Total Film

Writer/Director Daniel Edelstyn makes an affable debut with this personal doc chronicling the unexpected, vodka-flavoured turn his life took after he discovered his gran's journals.

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