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.
Straight-laced Rose breaks off relations with her party girl sister, Maggie, over an indiscretion involving Rose's boyfriend. The chilly atmosphere is broken with the arrival of Ella, the grandmother neither sister knew existed.
After years of no contact with his Uncle Henry, London banker and bond trader Max Skinner learns that Henry has died intestate, so Max inherits a château and vineyard in Provence. Max spent part of his childhood there, learning maxims and how to win and lose, and honing his killer instinct (at chess, which serves him well in finance). Max goes to France intent on selling the property. He spends a few days there, getting the property ready to show. Memories, a beautiful woman, and a young American who says she's Henry's illegitimate daughter interrupt his plans. Did Max the boy know things that Max the man has forgotten? Written by
Max Skinner, while driving in France, twice taunts road cyclists by shouting Lance Armstrong, the name of the American racing cyclist who won the Tour de France from 1999 to 2005. See more »
Max plans his date with Fanny for Sunday night- on the day of the date we see his assistant Kenny losing a lot of money trading on the bond markets in London which are of course closed on a Sunday! See more »
Uncle Henry Skinner:
You'll come to see that a man learns nothing from winning. The act of losing, however, can elicit great wisdom. Not least of which is, uh... how much more enjoyable it is to win. It's inevitable to lose now and again. The trick is not to make a habit of it.
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I thought the movie was very good... Much better than I expected from the previews.
It's not going to be a Best-Picture Oscar winning movie (I think that should go to "The Departed") but it is not intended to be...
If you need explosions, sex and violence every 10 seconds to keep your attention then no this film is not for you. If you just want a relaxing, well-acted, non-American crappy plot popcorn movie then go check it out.
Well worth the $11 for the ticket which is getting pretty hard to say nowadays...
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