Year in Provence

A Year in Provence

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Director: David Tucker

Cast: David Tucker, John Thaw, Lindsay Duncan, Jean-Pierre Delage

     
 

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British retiree John Thaw and his wife Lindsay Duncan spend a Year in Provence in this TV miniseries. Each episode covers a single season of the couple's experiences in their new home in the south of France. Purchasing a 200-year-old farmhouse, Thaw and Duncan must undergo the usual rigors of restorations and adjustment. They also come to understand the fancies

Overview

British retiree John Thaw and his wife Lindsay Duncan spend a Year in Provence in this TV miniseries. Each episode covers a single season of the couple's experiences in their new home in the south of France. Purchasing a 200-year-old farmhouse, Thaw and Duncan must undergo the usual rigors of restorations and adjustment. They also come to understand the fancies and foibles of their new neighbors, many of whom seem to be refugees from a Rene Clair musical. Most pleasurable of all, the couple is permitted to partake of eating and drinking experiences that they'd never dreamed of in their staid previous existence. A Year in Provence is based on two autobiographical novels by former London businessman Peter Mayle.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2011
UPC:
0733961245523
Original Release:
1989
Source:
A&E Home Video
Time:
6:00:00

Special Features

Peter Mayle biography; Bibliography

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Year in Provence
1. January - Bonne Annee Mr. Mayle! [8:44]
2. Mr. Colombani [10:43]
3. Meeting the Neighbors [9:41]
4. February - Learning the Language [9:28]
5. Rivière's Gift [10:23]
6. Construction Begins [8:56]
7. March - Black Gold [11:50]
8. Flies, Pigs and Truffles [9:32]
9. A Trip to London [9:44]
10. April - The Tony Awards [6:52]
11. A Real Bargain [11:16]
12. Maid Marion [10:20]
13. May - Daylight Robbery [9:53]
14. The French Connection [9:58]
15. Chain of Events [8:02]
16. June - Breadwinner [12:24]
17. The Art of Persuasion [8:49]
18. Human Interest [7:53]
Disc #2 -- A Year in Provence
1. July - Room Service [4:40]
2. A Lesson in Life [11:08]
3. The Résistance [11:12]
4. August - Frogbusters [13:34]
5. Clove Parrott [5:51]
6. The Match [8:29]
7. September - Chateau Mayle [10:17]
8. The Alchemist [12:25]
9. Harvest Time [9:36]
10. October - War of the Worlds [5:31]
11. Peace and Parsnips [12:44]
12. Being Neighborly [13:19]
13. November - Old Boys [10:45]
14. More Truffles [11:16]
15. Respect of the Village [6:58]
16. December - A Year in Provence [10:59]
17. Politics of Christmas [9:18]
18. Father Christmas [10:52]

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A Year in Provence 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As good as living in France can get. It is a true to life description of the French living in Provence with real French people. This serie is so close to reality it is troubling. Unique and Funny as only as Europeans can be. The key word here is culture, details and joy of life in France...Enjoy the show!
Marata More than 1 year ago
This DVD is very much like the book. I feel the actors were a wonderful choice for their parts. The movie gives an voyeuristic view of the lives of this couple making a life for themselves in Provence, France. They leave England and start fixing up a beautiful old farm house in the countryside. The characters they meet and have to deal with teach them things about their new country and their new neighbors that are priceless and entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Video version of Peter Mayle's best selling book of the same name. Story is divided into 12 hourly episodes, one for each month in the Mayle's 1st year of their adventure of abandoning professional lives in London for life in Provence. We suggest watching an hour each week and just let yourselves be seduced by the beauty of Provence. NOTE: No sex, foul language or violence. Just a very pleasant and amusing story of two Brits coming to terms with what it means to live in Provence.
TheReadingWriter More than 1 year ago
When an ad executive retires to Provence, friends he never knew he had come to visit. While the first two episodes seemed strained, the story soon takes on a life of its own. Provence looks lovely in spring and summer, less so in winter. The casting was wonderful and the characterizations rich. Several nights of viewing pleasure await, and you can pass it on to family and friends. Makes a nice gift.
johnthawfan More than 1 year ago
As a strong John Thaw fan, I am currently on a mission to see as many of his performances as possible in addition to reading as many books on him as I can. Therefore, "A Year in Provence" is a little disappointing as it would be considered very light fare in lieu of the usual excellent and absorbing action that I have come to expect from "Inspector Morse," "Kavanaugh QC," "Good Night Mr. Tom," etc. The landscapes are lovely and the character acting is sweet, so I would recommend the movie as a light romp in pastoral France as opposed to a movie that showcases John Thaw's incredible acting ability that I love so much.
jmstrasser More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie quite awhile ago, so finding it again and in DVD format was a happy day for me. It takes at least one season (the series is 4 seasons hence 1 year) to get into the characters and situations. Now that I am older (54) I don't find it as quaint in certain parts of the story. For instance, the neighbor, who is so strange and dirty bringing odd gifts of dead animals that smell really made me cringe. When I was younger, I found all that endearing and colorful, now I want to stay away. On the whole, the idea of getting away from the rat race and finding the "country home" is still quite appealing. As the two characters get to know their new life and learn to accept the pitfalls, it does become a "home". My favorite part was when they opted to help the baker make the bread. They needed to so they could keep getting good bread (what else do you come to France for?) and to keep the reputation of the community. One of the great draws is the food in Provence which was richly shown in the beginning scenes. The couple take their first meal after retirement that would almost put you out. Wow! All in all it is dated but the charm comes through and you do want to at least visit this charming area if not move in.
Clicquet More than 1 year ago
Once more, disagree w/"Rovi" critic's review.I read this First.Then,saw the film on PBS.John Thaw plays a Crumudgeon better than Any Actor yet.I found this delightfully witty.Quite engaging and actually learned so much more.Combined,the Book and the Film are a treat of a merger.Of course there are Antics.However,since this is not Fiction,adhered to the Real Lives rather brilliantly.There was not a Second Year on Film known,Tho' Was in written format. Of course,suggest reading.Watch w/o the Critique of "Rovi" first. Your review is All that Matters. {I keep reading the same 'Spin' of Why Watch Films from Rovi Writers.Not certain They like Anything,Collectively}.Truth, Not Disrespect.
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RobespierreTX More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful film for of the richness of daily life in Provence. A worthy buy and an enjoyable experience.
SHG-4913 More than 1 year ago
John Thaw is excellent and the french countryside lovely. Would recommend to Francophiles and food addicts. Well done.
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I admit the ghost of Inspector Morse lingered through the first episode, but soon he faded away and we were highly entertained by A Year In Provence. We plan to watch it again this year.
violaH More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully entertaining...great scenery...and, oh so humorous!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a rich and engaging story with laughs.