A Good Year
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London-based investment expert Max Skinner (Russell Crowe) travels to Provence to tend a small vineyard he inherited from his late uncle. When he gets suspended from his job under suspicion of fraud, he settles in to life at the chateau, remembering the time he spent there as a child. Then a determined young California girl (Abbie Cornish) arrives claiming to be the illegitimate daughter of the deceased uncle and rightful owner of the vineyard.
A feel-good movie that highlights the beauty of France as much as it does its stars, A Good Year provides a languid, gorgeous viewing experience. Director Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe--who first worked together on the Academy Award-winning Gladiator--are reunited in this romantic film, which is based on Peter Mayle's book A Year in Provence. Crowe plays Max, a workaholic London bonds trader who doesn't know the meaning of vacation. When his uncle dies, leaving him a picturesque estate in the south of France, Max views it as an opportunity to cash in the vinery and pocket the profits. The film is reminiscent of Diane Lane's Under the Tuscan Sun in the way the scenery plays as much of a role in the film as its characters. The lush village and streaming sunlight portray Provence as an idyllic, magical place. Even Max falls under its spell. While not a particularly likeable character, especially in the early part of the film, Max also isn't a bad guy. When he gets the chance to live life at a less manic pace than which he is used to, he finds that a good year isn't dependant on a financial windfall. Though Scott tries to drum up some suspense in the film (Is the beautiful visitor really Max's illegitimate cousin? Will Max fall in love with the feisty local woman he trades quips with?) nothing that happens comes as much of a surprise. Still, while the film doesn't fully utilize Crowe's range of skills, the actor is charming in his role and A Good Year provides a fine time in the cinemas. --Jae-Ha Kim
Extras from A Good Year
Russell Crowe and Co-Stars on Filming in Provence
A Good Year Virtual Vinyard
Beyond A Good Year
A Year in Provence
More from Director Ridley Scott
More from Russell Crowe
Stills from A Good Year
- Commentary by Ridley Scott
- Making of A Good Year Featurette
- Theatrical Trailer
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Russel Crowe is actually pretty good in this. He's not supposed to be likable, it's all about his growth as a character. The supporting cast is also very good.
It's a great movie to watch when I'm feeling a bit blue.
If you are in the mood for a light and beautiful romantic comedy, try this one. This interpretation of the age old story of beauty and the beast is a departure for both Crowe and Cotillard.
This role is a bit of a change of pace for Russell Crowe, and it's a good one. The movie is rounded out nicely with supporting cast members in the roles of Max's business assistant, the caretaker of the vineyard and his wife, a surprise visit by a here-to-fore unknown American cousin and others. Enjoy the lovely scenes of the French countryside and beautiful vineyard, as well as the delightful music that serves as a thread throughout the movie. Lots to feel good about with this movie.
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