A Good Year

Sometimes – the only thing to do is to declare a romcom night with a good DVD and a nice cup of something soothing. It has been a hectic time over the last few weeks and having waved goodbye to my Canadian cousins, the only way to deal with the loss was to pull out A Good Year – a film we had been chatting about over lunch.

Russel Crowe and Albert Finney are well supported by a talented cast and this film cannot fail to please…….. unless you don’t like the genre of course. Indeed, no sooner had the film come to an end than I wanted to see it all over again. Like the days of continuous programmes at the cinema. Do you remember when it was possible to go in at one point in the film and see it through a couple of times if one was so inclined? ¬†Happy days, and how on earth did we have the time to sit through the talking pictures for so long?

Back to the plot, Russell Crowe’s character – Maximilian – inherits a French Chateau and vineyard in Provence. ¬†His plans to sell up and make a quick profit are thwarted and undermined by all sorts of things. Of course, along the way there are many twists and turns and much entertaining footage of the characters who inhabit this rural idyll.

Pause – as I sigh, yet again. No matter, I can put the DVD on at any time and pretend to be in a continuous programme in an olde worlde cinema. You’ve probably guessed that I would give this film a ten.

Have you seen it? Or if not, how do you relax and wind down?

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5 Responses to A Good Year

  1. LC says:

    Oh yes! Both my hubby and I love to put that DVD in and become lost in the surroundings and lives. I enjoy the genre and this film is really well done. I echo your rating!

  2. Tabor says:

    I have seen it on cable TV. I love international romance type movies and as this goes it is very good, but I am not sure why magnetism doesn’t seem to be working for me with the Russell Crowe character. He gives a good shot, but he has been so much better in other roles.

  3. June says:

    I have not seen it, and if I were to see it, I would be watching it by myself, as Husband is not a fan of the “nice story” genre. Anything about Provence sounds pretty good!

  4. Dianne says:

    I saw this a while back, and it is light, fun entertainment. As I recall it, the protagonist hooks up with a gal he knew as a child. I am not a big Russell Crowe fan, but this was a nice film for a relaxing evening and the surroundings were nice too. Dianne

  5. Anne says:

    I’m getting it today!

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