Natural Resistance

Natural Resistance

Jonathan Nossiter (2014)

82min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Having castigated the French wine industry for marginalising mavericks in Mondovino (2004), film-maker and sommelier Jonathan Nossiter turns his focus to Italy in this charming if scattershot survey. Travelling around the country, Nossiter seeks the opinions of, among others, Corrado Dottori and Valerio Bochi, who inherited their grandfather's vineyard in the Marches; Giovanna Tiezzi and Stefano Borsa, whose Tuscany operation is based in a converted 11th-century monastery; and Piedmont farmer-poet Stefano Bellotti, who rages against McDonaldisation and soil vandalism. But, while these rebels against EU and regional directives fight standardisation and commercialism, Nossiter allows himself to be distracted by Gian Luca Farinelli, the director of the Bologna Cineteca, who sees connections between viniculture and film preservation. Nossiter singularly fails to integrate clips from familiar features like Chaplin's The Gold Rush, Rossellini's Rome, Open City and Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder. But, just as oenophiles will enjoy the bucolic atmosphere, cineastes will relish rarities like Mario Soldati's Chi legge?Un viaggio lungo il Tirreno, a 1960 insight into rural illiteracy scored by Nino Rota (The Godfather).

Cast & Crew

Director Jonathan Nossiter

Other Information

Language: Italian +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Soda PicturesGuidance: Brief nudity.Available on: DVDReleased on: 19 Jun 2015