Sideways (15)

Director: Alexander Payne
Starring: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen
USA, 2004, 2 hours 7 minutes

A celebration of the joys of wine that balances delicate characterization with bittersweet humour and dry wit. To celebrate his imminent marriage, ageing actor Jack goes off for a stag week to the Californian vineyards with depressive, divorced Miles who plans to teach him about wine. But Jack is more interested in having one last fling, and getting the morose Miles laid into the bargain. By treating his dysfunctional characters with affection, and their disappointments with compassion, Payne succeeds in turning their mid-life crises into a source of rich, subtle comedy.

“Intelligent, funny and moving.” Time Out

Sideways has been nominated for 4 Oscars including Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor & Best Film

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