A Good YearDirector: Ridley Scott
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Gladiator duo Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe re-team for this adaptation of author Peter Mayle's best-selling novel about a London-based investment banker who relocates to Provence in hopes of selling a small vineyard he has inherited from his recently deceased uncle. As a child, Max Skinner (Freddie Highmore) was taught to appreciate the finer things in life while wandering the vineyard estate of his sophisticated uncle Henry (Albert Finney). Life has a strange way or turning out how you least expect it to though, and 25 years later, Max (Russell Crowe) is now a prosperous moneyman wheeling and dealing in the cutthroat world of London business. When Max learns that Henry has recently passed away and that he has been named the sole beneficiary of his late uncle's modest estate, the keen businessman hastily arranges a flight to France in order to assess the value of the old property and get it prepped for sale. After Max arrives to find the vineyard in a crumbling state of disrepair, his troubles are further compounded by the stubbornness of gruff estate winemaker M. Duflot (Didier Bourdon) and the unexpected arrival of a determined California beauty named Christie (Abbie Cornish), who presents herself as a long-lost cousin while making a dubious claim to Henry's estate. Meanwhile, the overstressed Max reluctantly finds himself falling for local café owner and town siren Fanny (Marion Cotillard), whose formidable guard is quickly worn down by the smitten beneficiary.
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- 20th Century Fox
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- [Wide Screen]
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Cast & Crew
|Michael Castellano||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Robert Cowper||Art Director|
|Lisa Ellzey||Executive Producer|
|Frederick Evard||Art Director|
|Bruce Fowler||Score Composer|
|Doug Hemphill||Sound Mixer|
|Sonja Klaus||Production Designer|
|Catherine Leterrier||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Branko Lustig||Executive Producer|
|Paul Massey||Sound Mixer|
|Jean-Paul Mugel||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Julie Payne||Executive Producer|
|Darin John Rivetti||Asst. Director|
|Marc Streitenfeld||Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Steven Warner||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Joerg Widmer||Camera Operator|
1. Main Titles [2:50]
2. Timing [3:24]
3. Toast of the Town [5:10]
4. France and a Little Car [2:56]
5. Uncle Henry's Estate [7:04]
6. Meeting the Notaire [2:46]
7. Stuck in the Pool [5:37]
8. A Forced Holiday [2:31]
9. 72 Hours [4:01]
10. Christie Roberts [5:11]
11. Enjoying Himself [2:33]
12. Memories [4:11]
13. Fanny Chenal [5:32]
14. Henry's Spirit [2:11]
15. Dinner With the Duflots [3:54]
16. Testing the Vines [2:45]
17. Charlie Arrives [5:41]
18. Two Untrusting Souls [2:27]
19. To Sell or Not to Sell [1:46]
20. Saying Goodbye [2:03]
21. A Fabricated Truth [3:11]
22. The Offer [2:55]
23. Choosing Love [4:12]
24. End Titles [6:04]
English 5.1 Dolby Digital
French Dolby Surround
Spanish Dolby Surround
Postcards From Provence
The Chess Game
On the Road
The Swimming Pool
The Tennis Match
The Wine Cellar
A Good Life
Russell Crowe & Ridley Scott Promo
A Good Year Theatrical Trailer
A Good Year International Trailer A
A Good Year International Trailer B
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Master and Commander
Make a Choice
Met His Match
One Good Year
Weight of a Man
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Peter Mayle's popular novel 'A Year in Provence' has been transferred to the screen by screenwriter Marc Klein under the odd direction of Ridley Scott, best known for such films as 'Hannibal', 'Gladiator', 'Matchstick Men', 'Thelma and Louise', 'Black Hawk Down', 'Blade Runner' etc. and the result may surprise many viewers. No, this is not a shocker of a film but rather a too familiar tale of a man obsessed with making money who inherits a vineyard and chateau in Provence from the uncle that served as his family as a child and in returning to the old estate, finds the earth and his memories too long buried about how he loved the space of arrested time of his childhood. The man is British financial wizard Max Skinner (Russell Crowe in a very subdued performance) who as a young bright lad (Freddie Highmore) lived with Uncle Henry Skinner (Albert Finney), learning the ins and outs of growing grapes and making wine. Max returns to the chateau after Uncle Henry's death with all intentions of polishing up the neglected place to place on the market to make yet more money. The live-in couple who maintain the place (Francis Duflot - Didier Bourdon - and his wife Ludivine - Isabelle Candelier) challenge Max's decision to sell the place, hiding some secrets about the vintages that will eventually alter the course of the story. Max slowly falls in love with his memories of his childhood, reconnecting with his love for his uncle, discovering a young beauty Fanny (Marion Cotillard) who owns a bistro and was actually a childhood 'friend' to Max, and also discovering that the philandering uncle had an illegitimate daughter Christie (Abbie Cornish) who visits the chateau to get to know who her father was (bringing along a deep knowledge of winemaking from California's Napa Valley!). The film is then a struggle between Max's obsession with money as abetted by his home coworkers Gemma (Archie Panjabi) and Charlie (Tom Hollander) and his changing need and love for the life and memories bound tightly to his Provence chateau. How it all works out is the relaxing if predictable finale of the story. The cast is attractive (including even a bit part for the beautiful and talented Valeria Bruni Tedeschi!) and seem to meld with Ridley Scott's concept of offering a little fluff of French dessert. It is light in vein but beautiful to look at and it is interesting to see Scott and Crowe together in a non-violent venture! Grady Harp
Where Mayle's writing is simply fun and entertaining to read, the film version is beautiful to watch. The humor is still where it should be with just as much gravity and depth to make you really care about the fate of the characters in Max's world. I read the book before going to France and saw the film after I returned. Both are a thrill if you love Europe and especially France.
I did like this movie very much, however, I wouldn't say it was great. The acting was good, the story was cute. It didn't drag like some movies do. But, there wasn't really anything that stood out about it. If you are looking for a cute, sweet movie to watch then I recommend A Good Year. If you're looking for a fantastic movie to always remember, I don't recommend A Good Year.
I love everything that Russell Crowe does, and this film is no different. O.K. it's not the big blockbuster that everyone is used to seeing him in. But it's still good. I enjoyed the first time almost as much as the fifth. :"
From the first watching to the fifth, this movie has given me the desire to travel to Provence. I thought it was an excellant movie. None of the violance and bad language that most film makers seem to think it takes to make a good movie. I plan on watching the movie many more times. It's a great addition to my collection as well as the book.
An uneven, perhaps predictable, yet likeable movie. Russell Crowe doesn't command the ship that slays the gladiators and gets shot in the jaw saving the good guy in LA. Instead, there's a vineyard. A lovely French landscape. A pretty French woman "okay, so pretty is an understatement". And a lot of conventional Hollywood romance. So, relax. Enjoy. Smile. "A Good Year" is kinda charming, and it has nice rhythms.
My husband and I loved this movie! The scenery, the music, the cast, the romance...pooh pooh on the naysayers.
Who doesn't enjoy watching the evolution of a character. Province is a beautiful backdrop to a charming story. Russell Crowe did a good job, better then I expected. I would compare it to & quot Under the Tuscan Sun& quot or the more recent & quot Mama Mia& quot where the location is a co-star, and provides a mini vacation for the mind.
A beautiful film, full of passion. The movie soundtrack is also very fun, and upbeat. Russel Crowe shows a very silly part of himself. He is perfect for the role!
Who knew Russell Crowe had such great comedic timing? This movie is smart, witty, very romantic, with luscious French scenery. Gorgeous cinematography. Great chick flick. (In fact, every woman I've ever lent or given this movie to has ended up watching it multiple times and buying it for herself or a friend.) Marion Cotillard is delicious and all the supporting cast members create full, endearing characters. Big treat. Big smiles.
There is a sub-plot in this movie that many miss. Max Skinner's entire life is controlled by strong-willed women. From his admin assistant, Gemma, to his uncle's lawyer, the chateau's housekeeper, his cousin, and then finally, Fanny - his love-interest - all are confident accomplished women who greatly influence Max's decisions and life. Great movie. Lovely scenery. Grat casting.
Nice for the travelogue.
I was most disappointed in the movie because it rarely followed the book. The missed opportunity is when the screenwriters chose to manipulate the story and make Max an arrogant, greedy, self-centered jackass. His character isn't supposed to be running from his mistakes, he's supposed to be solving the mystery of who makes and controls the beautiful boutique wine from his vineyard, not the swill that it supposedly produces.
A great cast, storyline and setting in beautiful Provence. It makes me want to retire there. I have watched this movie over and over. Freddie highmore who plays the young Max Skinner is a real favorite of mine with great acting ability for one so young. If you liked this movie then take a look at August Rush.
Good the first time watched. Gets better with each viewing. Is now one of our favorites. A warming love story of Provence and a man's salvation by re-discovering his roots (and a beautiful girl) in the South of France.
I'm genuinely surprised to read so many positive reviews of this movie. The plot is flat and predictable, the acting dull and lifeless. It was everything I could do to finish this one, and I only managed that because I figured I had paid for it, so I may as well see if it was going to get better...but it doesn't. Definitely glad I rented this and didn't spend more money to see it in a theater.