How To Re-establish A Vodka Empire (2011)
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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 the death of his grandmother Maroussia Zorokovich that Daniel learned about the remarkable history of his father's side of the family from reading her journals. Daniel discovers his father's family were once wealthy and powerful, operating a successful distillery in
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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.
Jumbled, rushed and a trifle premature - we're left hanging as to the success of the venture - it's also charming, inventive and lively.
[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 ...
How to Re-establish a Vodka Empire unfolds as a travelogue, a memoir, a historical recreation, and a detective story.
A glorified sales presentation with one eye on the Waitrose deal. I didn't buy it.
Keep your Smirnoffs and Stolis in the cupboard and give this unfamiliar tipple a try. It'll warm your cockles.
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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