By now, you must have heard about Somm, the current independent film receiving rave reviews, which depicts the experiences of four young sommeliers as they attempt to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier exam, a notoriously terrifying test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world. Singer (and Wally’s customer!) Pink has tweeted that she was “in love” with the movie – and we think you will love it too once you see this wonderful film. It will most assuredly have you look at drinking wine in an entirely new light – and will elevate your interest in the particulars of wines in general. And you’ll also marvel at the awe-inspiring dedication and fearlessness of those studying for the exam, who combine a sanity-defying passion, and the structured training regimen of a top-collegiate athlete, medical or law student.
Some of the accolades include: “(T)he film is an exhilarating experience. It’s funny, eye-opening and emotional all at once”, CultureMap’s Food and Drink Editor, Jessica Dupuy, who recently reviewed the film through Texas Monthly online.
“(U)ltimately engaging documentary about the folks who not only become sommeliers but also expend the extraordinary effort necessary to become master sommeliers by passing an exam so rigorous it makes grown men weep.” Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.
Samuel Goldwyn films states: “The Court of Master Sommeliers is one of the world’s most prestigious, secretive, and exclusive organizations. Since its inception almost 40 years ago, less than 200 candidates have reached the exalted Master level. The exam covers literally every nuance of the world of wine, spirits and cigars. Those who have passed have put at risk their personal lives, their well- being, and often their sanity to pull it off. Shrouded in secrecy, access to the Court Of Master Sommeliers has always been strictly regulated and cameras have never been allowed anywhere near the exam, until now. How much do you think you know about wine? SOMM will make you think again. SOMM takes you on the ultimate insider’s tour into a world of obsession, hope, and friendship in red, blanc and sometimes rose.”
See the trailer here – and see you at the theatre!
And here is the buy/rental link from itunes: