A Good Year Movie
Have just watched this movie for the first time and absolutely loved it! Although a bit predictable this film is never the less a real delight to watch. It's about the perennial theme of the real values in life, and what is really important. It's got vineyards, wonderful French scenery, beautiful cinematography, a Harley Davidson, and a lovely old chateau. What more could you ask for? ha ha. Even the soundtrack fitted the film perfectly.
"London banker Max Skinner (Russell Crowe) is a cutthroat workaholic who cares only about winning and making money. During his rise to the top, Max has forgotten the important life lessons that his favourite uncle, Henry (Albert Finney), taught him during summers at his vineyard in Provence. Estranged from Henry for years, Max is surprised to learn that his uncle has passed away and as his closest living relative, he is set to inherit the estate, La Siroque. True to form, Max heads down to Provence for a quick visit in order to assess the value of the property with dollar signs in his eyes. Once immersed in Henry's world and the charm of La Siroque, Max begins to remember his visits and how much Henry and those summers meant to him. Other surprises--including a budding romance with a local cafe owner Fanny Chenal (Marion Cotillard) and a visit from a young American claiming to be Henry's illegitimate daughter (Abbie Cornish)--prolong Max's visit, making Provence more and more difficult to resist. Can Max be content leaving his fast-paced life in London for lazy days in a French vineyard? Or will he sell his estate to the highest bidder, memories and all, and return to his hectic lifestyle? Crowe shows his softer-side--and even throws in some physical comedy--as a man revisiting his past and considering his future. Finney is a charmer as Henry in flashback scenes (where Freddie Highmore plays a young Max) that establish his character's joie de vivre and the tender relationship shared between uncle and nephew"
Movie Summary: A British investment broker inherits his uncle's chateau and vineyard in Provence, where he spent much of his childhood. He discovers a new laid-back lifestyle as he tries to renovate the estate to be sold.
Movie Plot: After years of no contact with his Uncle Henry, London banker and bond trader Max Skinner learns that Henry has died intestate, so Max inherits a château and vineyard in Provence. Max spent part of his childhood there, learning maxims and how to win and lose, and honing his killer instinct (at chess, which serves him well in finance). Max goes to France intent on selling the property. He spends a few days there, getting the property ready to show. Memories, a beautiful woman, and a young American who says she's Henry's illegitimate daughter interrupt his plans. Did Max the boy know things that Max the man has forgotten?
- Rated: PG-13
- Runtime: 117 min
- Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
- Director: Ridley Scott
- Writer: Marc Klein (screenplay), Peter Mayle (novel)
- Actors: Freddie Highmore, Albert Finney, Russell Crowe, Rafe Spall
- Language: English, French, Russian
- Country: USA, UK
- Awards: 1 win & 2 nominations
- Production Company: 20th Century Fox
- Box Office: $7,365,004
- ASIN: B000NOKLT8
- Release Date: 2006
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