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.
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
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[Calling from London]
How's the house, Max? Is it gorgeous?
Well, to tell you the truth, Charlie, it's a little shabby.
We don't say "shabby," Max. We say "filled with the patina of a bygone era."
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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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