Wednesday, 5 December 2012

A Good Year

UK Release: 27th October 2006
Watched on DVD: Monday 12th November 2012
Rating: 12
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Runtime: 1hr 58mins
Tagline: Sometimes it takes a change of scenery to have a change of heart.
IMDb Plot Synopsis: 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.

My Review: This film has to be the most warm-hearted, beautifully charming film I’ve seen in a while. Starring the underrated Russell Crowe it is the perfect escapist feel-good film which (is a rare thing!) isn’t all about love. 
It is for the most about about Crowe’s character and his need for growth as a person, something france offers to him. I adored the stark contrasts between the dark blues of London and the yellow hues of France. As soon as he sets foot there the nostalgia floats in and the humour is so warm and laid back it is hard not to fall in love with the gorgeous scenery, quaint house and feisty people. 
One of which happens to be Marion Cotillard (providing some hilarious anglo-franc relations) and another, from the US, is Abbie Cornish who certainly shakes things up in a funny and emotional way. 
It’s predictable but great fun to watch as the film perfectly encapsulates all the great things in life - beautiful places, great food and wine and wonderful, wonderful people. 
It’s as simple as that...

Score: 8/10

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