Friday, December 15, 2006

A good year

Russell Crowe. Albert Finney, Marion Cotillard

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.

The challenge of the film is how to bring to life the slow-moving lifestyle in France. This was somehow exaggerated in the film, resulting in "acting" instead of "living" out the character's part. Other than this, the film has an excellent script, a true masterpiece in the non-fiction drama genre.

The cinematography is excellent; it's as if the scenery is within the audience's reach. The contrast between the country's serenity and the city's urban setting cannot be missed.

Just what makes a good wine? Watch the movie and you'll discover how wine and a good heart go together. This film fits the conventional 3-act play. And the lessons: there' always something much more important than wealth and fame, and that is, the gift of people, love, and relationships.

Rating: 3.5/5

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