A Good Year

A Good Year

A Good Year

  “Good morning, her lab rats!” With these words, Max Skinner (Russell Crowe), an unscrupulous investment banker in London every day welcomed his subordinates before he begins to work. Skinner is a genuine, karrieregeiler and unspeakably cynical yuppie and, accordingly, is his gruff tone. One day a letter reached him from France, will change at a stroke his entire life, because in the letter from Max is told that his Uncle Henry (just popping up in flashbacks: Albert Finney) has died and left him a vineyard in Provence has. Reluctantly, Max makes on the way to peddle the Château as quickly as possible and make money. But of course everything is different: The Finanzhai turns out, of course, on closer inspection as a man with a heart who has fallen solely on the wrong path and not only discovers his lost affection for the lovely land, where he spent happy childhood days, but can (after successful conversion) to conquer even the heart of a charming little café-owner Fanny (Marion Cotillard). And happiness is not even shaken by the fact that suddenly a second heiress, a previously unknown cousin from California (Abbie Cornish) shows up and takes the property for themselves …

A Good Year / A Good Year to combine Gladiator Ridley Scott once again the duo – even vineyard owner in the Luberon and as such is a recognized expert in the area – and Russell Crowe in front of the camera and the other side of the two: in the raft Sandalenepos still shows the blood in streams are here, above all the wine and the tears of emotion when the Ekelpaket and Turbo Max Skinner, an ardent capitalist vineyard owners. The plot is predictable, and plenty of offers no surprises in this film seems to Provence as picturesque, as we have always imagined in our dreams and the human impact on this gentle landscape is as amiable as quirky. All this is so buttery, stylishly staged and above all without any rough edges, it is almost a nuisance. Only the flashbacks into Max’s childhood, giving the film nor any idea of depth, while the rest happened to sound like an escapist daydream. Had A Good Year / A Good Year with a wine to compare, then that would certainly be one of those well calculated, on the drawing board designed plants, so taste it just as you would expect, chocolaty, and with the obligatory hard wood note. Will only mention the corky taste to see the leaves of the film: Why the hell must be calculated as Delta-like Skinner his fortune in Provence? But this is all just a movie, in the real world – we know – it’s just thank God, too, right?

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: A Good Year Original Title: A Good Year Country of production: USA Year of production: 2006 Length: (# ) 118 (Min) of material: 20th Century Fox

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