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.

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Trader #1
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Ali Rhodes ...
20-Something Beauty
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Newscaster #1
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Sometimes it takes a change of scenery to have a change of heart. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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10 November 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un buen año  »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£376,962 (UK) (27 October 2006)

Gross:

$7,458,269 (USA) (19 January 2007)
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Trivia

Max Skinner's wardrobe is largely influenced by Russell Crowe's own uncle, David William Crowe. See more »

Goofs

When Christie Roberts finds the scorpions in her window in the morning, Madame Duflot races to her aid with a whisk broom. When she gets there, she starts hitting the scorpions with a fly swatter. See more »

Quotes

Max Skinner: [after hiring Max a smart car] This is because I didn't shag you at the Christmas party isn't it.
Gemma: I swear on my life the hire company didn't have any other cars.
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Referenced in Tavis Smiley: Episode dated 20 January 2010 (2010) See more »

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Moi... Lolita
Lyrics by Mylène Farmer
Music by Laurent Boutonnat
Performed by Alizée
Courtesy of Requiem-Polydor
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11 November 2006 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie, it had class and character with some lovely ladies. Also I enjoyed the London footage with the contrast against France. Crowe, I think did very well and I was surprised at the end because I didn't now it was a Ridley Scott movie. It would now be interesting to read the book to see how closely it is represented. All things seemed to fit, and it was evident in last encounter with Crowe and his French girl from the scene of when he was a boy at the pool. Great romantic portrayal of an English French relationship. The movie also maintained a good level of humour encased with good vocabulary. I had heard this was a good movie and am glad to able to cement that in words.


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