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A Good Year -- 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.
A Good Year -- 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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Marc Klein (screenplay)
Peter Mayle (novel)
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Freddie Highmore ... Young Max

Albert Finney ... Uncle Henry

Russell Crowe ... Max Skinner

Rafe Spall ... Kenny

Archie Panjabi ... Gemma

Richard Coyle ... Amis

Ben Righton ... Trader #1

Patrick Kennedy ... Trader #2
Ali Rhodes ... 20-Something Beauty

Daniel Mays ... Bert the Doorman
Nila Aalia ... Newscaster #1
Stephen Hudson ... Newscaster #2

Giannina Facio ... Maitre D'

Tom Hollander ... Charlie Willis
Lionel Briand ... Rental Car Employee
Maria Papas ... Gemma's Friend

Didier Bourdon ... Francis Duflot
Isabelle Candelier ... Ludivine Duflot

Kenneth Cranham ... Sir Nigel

Marion Cotillard ... Fanny Chenal
Igor Panich ... Russian Couple #1
Oleg Sosnovikov ... Russian Couple #2
Magali Woch ... Secretary

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi ... Nathalie Auzet
Jacques Herlin ... Papa Duflot

Abbie Cornish ... Christie Roberts
Catriona MacColl ... English Couple #1
Patrick Payet ... English Couple #2
Félicité Du Jeu ... Hostess

Mitchell Mullen ... American Customer #1
Judy Dickerson ... American Customer #2 (as Judi Dickerson)
Gilles Gaston-Dreyfus ... Oenologue
Philippe Méry ... Chateau Buyer
Dominique Laurent ... Chateau Buyer
Stewart Wright ... Broker #1
Tom Stuart ... Broker #2
Catherine Vinatier ... Fanny's Mother
Marine Casto ... Young Fanny

Gregg Chillin ... Hip Hopper #1
Toney Tutini ... Hip Hopper #2

Philippe Bergeron ... (voice)

Edita Brychta ... (voice)

Hélène Cardona ... (voice)
Jean-Louis Darville ... (voice)

Neil Dickson ... (voice)

Jean Gilpin ... (voice)

Nicholas Guest ... (voice)
Patrick Hillan ... (voice)
Frank Isles ... (voice)

Peter Lavin ... (voice)
Caitlin McKenna-Wilkinson ... (voice)

Paula J. Newman ... (voice) (as Paula Jane Newman)

Moira Quirk ... (voice)
Valerie Milenka Repnau ... (voice) (as Valeria Milenka Repnau)

Darren Richardson ... (voice)

Jean-Michel Richaud ... (voice)

Samantha Robson ... (voice) (as Samantha Jane Robson)
Ian Ruskin ... (voice)

Linda Sans ... (voice)
Bruno Stephane ... (voice)

Karen Strassman ... (voice)
Jean-Paul Vignon ... (voice)

Craig Robert Young ... Trevor

Directed by
Ridley Scott 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Marc Klein (screenplay)

Peter Mayle (novel)

Produced by
Mark Allan .... line producer: France
Lisa Ellzey .... executive producer
Branko Lustig .... executive producer
Julie Payne .... executive producer
Guy Pechard .... executive producer
Ridley Scott .... producer
Erin Upson .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Marc Streitenfeld 
 
Cinematography by
Philippe Le Sourd (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Dody Dorn 
Robb Sullivan (co-editor)
 
Casting by
Antoinette Boulat 
Jina Jay 
 
Production Design by
Sonja Klaus 
 
Art Direction by
Robert Cowper 
Frederic Evard 
 
Set Decoration by
Bárbara Pérez-Solero 
 
Costume Design by
Catherine Leterrier 
 
Makeup Department
Pascale Bouquière .... makeup artist: London
Anita Burger .... hair stylist: London
Hayat Ouled Dahhou .... key hair stylist
Karen Dawson .... hair stylist
Karen Dawson .... makeup artist
Giancarlo De Leonardis .... wigs
Raffaella Iorio .... makeup artist
Melissa Lackersteen .... makeup artist: London
Daniele Perosillo .... hair stylist
Alessio Pompei .... hair stylist
Alessandra Sampaolo .... makeup artist
Fabrizio Sforza .... key makeup artist
Carla Vicenzino .... makeup artist: London
 
Production Management
Mark Allan .... unit production manager
Rémi Bergman .... production manager
Teresa Kelly .... post-production supervisor
Vincent Lefeuvre .... assistant unit manager
Branko Lustig .... unit production manager
Jean-Patrick Nourricier .... unit manager trainee
Emily Stillman .... production manager: UK
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tarik Ait Ben Ali .... third assistant director
Dan Channing-Williams .... crowd assistant director
Caroline Chapman .... crowd assistant director: UK
Emilie Cherpitel .... second assistant director
Maguy R. Cohen .... assistant to second assistant director: France (as Maguy J.B. Cohen)
David Decio .... additional third assistant director: London
Eliot Mathews .... second second assistant director
Frédéric Millet .... assistant director
Cian O'Clery .... third assistant director
Bonnie Pirès .... assistant director
Darin Rivetti .... first assistant director
Anthony Wilcox .... second assistant director: UK
 
Art Department
Florian Augis .... dressing props
Olivier Breban .... drapery
Tristan Carlisle-Kitz .... stand-by props
Anthony Caron-Delion .... stand-by art director
Stéphane Cressend .... property master
Emmanuel Delis .... props chargehand
Frédéric DeVilliers .... drapery
Sarah Duncan .... assistant buyer
Luke Edwards .... set decorating assistant
Matthew Foster .... property master
Jean-Luc Fouvet .... carpenter
Samuel Garcin .... construction runner
Jean-Claude Giusti .... construction chargehand
Daniel Hoffmann .... construction coordinator
Alexis Imbert .... props
Coralie Lew .... graphic designer
James Newell .... painter foreman
Julie Pitt .... assistant set decorator
Derek Reddington .... stand-by carpenter
Elsa Rugiero .... art department assistant (as Lydie Rugiero)
Amy Simons .... art department coordinator
Hugo Slight .... construction manager
Nick Turnbull .... property master
Lloyd Vincent .... supervising prop dresser
Dicken Warner .... head greensman
Krissi Williamson .... production buyer
Ghislain Gabriel .... art buyer (uncredited)
Hélène Imbert .... painter (uncredited)
Frédéric Jourdan .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Christopher Assells .... sound effects editor
Karen Baker Landers .... supervising sound editor
Kerry Ann Carmean .... sound effects editor (as Kerry Carmean-Williams)
Derek Casari .... adr engineer
Samuel Cohen .... boom operator
Samuel Cohen .... sound
Dino Dimuro .... sound effects editor (as Dino R. DiMuro)
Ivan Dumas .... additional assistant sound
Dawn Fintor .... foley artist
Patrick J. Foley .... dialog editor
Tim Gomillion .... sound recordist
Chris Goodes .... adr recordist
Per Hallberg .... supervising sound editor
Dan Hegeman .... sound effects editor (as Daniel Hegeman)
Doug Hemphill .... sound mixer (as D.M. Hemphill)
Craig S. Jaeger .... supervising foley editor
Chris Jargo .... supervising adr editor
Kimaree Long .... adr editor
David Lucarelli .... adr recordist
Paul Massey .... sound re-recording mixer
Philip D. Morrill .... assistant sound editor
Jean-Paul Mugel .... production sound mixer
Chris Murphy .... assistant sound
Tony Negrete .... assistant sound editor (as Tony R. Negrete)
Troy Porter .... adr mixer
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer (as Charleen Richards-Stevees)
Dennis Rogers .... sound recordist
Frederick H. Stahly .... foley editor
Peter Staubli .... sound effects editor
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
William Stein .... re-recording engineer
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
John C. Stuver .... dialogue editor
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Steve Benelisha .... special effects technician
David Brighton .... special effects lead senior technician
Manex Efrem .... special effects senior technician
Dave Poole .... senior special effects technician
Simon Quinn .... special effects technician
Steven Warner .... special effects supervisor
Alistair Williams .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Dick Edwards .... visual effects supervisor: Invisible Effects
Karen McCarthy .... drs operator: Modern Videofilm
Wesley Sewell .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Caroline Bouffard .... stunts
Alexis Boutiere .... stunts
David Forax .... stunts
Alain Gaudiard .... stunts
Philippe Guégan .... stunt coordinator
Jules Madi .... stunts
Ksénia Zarouba .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Victor Abadia .... electrician
Jean-Marc Alaux .... lighting balloon technician
Franck Barrault .... gaffer
François Bert .... key grip
Bruno Bimbard .... generator operator
Michel Bouquerel .... electrician
Josh Breckeen .... best boy: London
Julian Bucknall .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, London
Jean-Marc Duez .... grip
Tobias Eedy .... second assistant camera: London
Tristan Favre .... additional first assistant camera
Gil Fontbonne .... key grip
James Foster .... central camera loader: London
Tristan Haley .... daily clapper loader: UK
Robert Hamilton .... video technician
Paul Hatchman .... grip: London
Frédéric Hauss .... camera loader
Philippe Janois .... best boy grip
Philippe Leroy .... electrician
Philip Lozano .... additional assistant camera
Roger McDonald .... additional camera operator
Gregory Pagnier .... video assist
Rod Patterson .... assistant grip
Lionel Pedro .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Yvan Quehec .... best boy electric
Marco Sacerdoti .... focus puller: first camera
Marco Sacerdoti .... third camera operator
Tom Scott .... rigger
Vince Shaw .... stand-by rigger
Basil Smith .... additional first assistant camera
Basil Smith .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Leah Striker .... first assistant camera
Rico Torres .... still photographer
Richard Weber .... lighting technician
Jörg Widmer .... Steadicam operator
Jörg Widmer .... camera operator
Harry Wiggins .... gaffer: UK
 
Animation Department
Johnny Wong .... animator
 
Casting Department
Frederic Bacchi .... assistant extras casting
Dixie Chassay .... casting associate
Lucky Englander .... casting: Austria/Germany
Kasia Krynska .... casting assistant: france
Caitlin McKenna-Wilkinson .... adr voice casting
Michael Laguens .... additional casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Castellano .... costumer: Russell Crowe
Céline Collobert .... dresser
Lee Croucher .... costume supervisor
Corinne Fulconis .... costumes
Andrew Hunt .... costume assistant
Camille Janbon .... assistant costume designer
Camille Joste .... head textile artist
Karen Muller Serreau .... wardrobe supervisor (as Karen Muller-Serreau)
 
Editorial Department
Philippe Akoka .... editorial coordinator: France
Emily Aulagnon .... assistant editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Quinby Chunn .... editorial assistant
Jo Dixon .... film assistant: london (as Joanne Dixon)
Emmanuel Fleury .... editorial assistant
Skip Kimball .... digital intermediate colorist
Céline Kélépikis .... assistant editor
Jim Passon .... color timer
Debra L. Tennant .... first assistant editor
Lee Twohey .... colorist: dailies
Yon Van Kline .... assistant editor
Zara Park .... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Christopher Benstead .... music editor (as Chris Benstead)
Thomas Bowes .... orchestra leader
Peter Cobbin .... score mixer
Peter Cobbin .... score recordist
Bruce Fowler .... orchestrator
Vic Fraser .... music preparation
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Nick Ingman .... conductor
Mike Knobloch .... music executive
Goh Nakamura .... musician: guitar, vocals
Joel J. Richard .... music programmer
Del Spiva .... music editor
Jill Streater .... music preparation
Marc Streitenfeld .... music supervisor
Charlotte Trinder .... assistant orchestra contractor
Jake Walker .... musician
Jonathan Williams .... musician: solo cello
David Walter .... technical assistant to composer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Stéphan Arnoux .... transportation
Gerry Gore .... transportation captain (as Gerard Gore)
Raphaël Jamot .... driver (as Jamot)
Tony Jayes .... driver: russell crowe
Alain Laub .... production driver
Nicolas Piechaczek .... transportation co-captain
Olivier Suffert .... production driver: Ridley Scott
 
Other crew
Mustafha Addouda .... bodyguard: Russell Crowe
Segolene Amice .... production secretary
Mallorie Ballestra-Duquesnoy .... location assistant
Linzi Baltrunas .... assistant location manager: UK
Fred Baron .... production executive
Jeremy Bau .... assistant location manager
Andrea Bichi .... assistant: Russell Crowe
Penelope Bischoff .... production assistant
Rino Bonavita .... assistant accountant
Andy Brunskill .... stand-in: Mr. Spall
Donna Casey .... assistant accountant: UK
Nikki Clapp .... script supervisor
Laurence Coutaud-Garnier .... production coordinator
Maureen 'Mo' Crutchfield .... production accountant
Joelle Cugny .... craft service
Matt Dalton .... accountant: UK
Bruno De Oliva .... assistant: Russell Crowe
David Decio .... stand-in: Tom Hollander
Judy Dickerson .... dialogue coach: Russell Crowe (as Judi Dickerson)
Gaetan Dinon .... assistant location manager
Scott Eaton .... rushes runner
Patrick Fox .... production runner
Fiona Garland .... production coordinator: London
Marco Giacalone .... location supervisor
John Gibbs .... medic
Gary Gillingham .... production controller
Alex Gladstone .... location manager
Leo Haidar .... legal counsel
Lucy Hassan .... stand-in: Archie Panjabi
Mark Hopkins .... set runner
Sophie Hortal-Day .... production assistant
Raphaël Jamot .... researcher (as Jamot)
Pascal Jouval .... production assistant
Tilu Khalayi .... assistant post-production accountant
Bernard Lamy .... production accountant
Eric Leblond .... production assistant
Natascha Maksimovic .... assistant: Mr. Scott
Ernie Malik .... unit publicist
Gabriel Mamruth .... production accountant
Berenice Moliere .... craft service
Astrid Monarque .... assistant accountant
Helen Olive .... assistant: Branko Lustig
David Oliver .... stand-in: Russell Crowe
Sebastien Ordonez .... production assistant
Synderella Peng .... title designer
Amelia Price .... production secretary: UK
Matthew Ripley .... production runner
Ryan Robertson .... main title producer
Keith Rodger .... assistant: Russell Crowe
David Roker .... assistant to producer
Asha Sharma .... daily location assistant: London
Jordan Sheehan .... assistant: Ridley Scott
Neville Shulman .... special advisor: Ridley Scott
Joel Silverman .... dog handler
Tom Stourton .... assistant location manager
Géraldine Sérafini .... assistant to producer
Susan Weeks .... lead tutor
Johnny Wong .... title designer: main titles
Garson Yu .... title designer
Thierry Zemmour .... location manager
Darren Helman .... location assistant (uncredited)
Xavier Legris .... location scout supervisor (uncredited)
Craig john Robinson .... location assistant (uncredited)
Howard R. Schuster .... financing (uncredited)
 

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Rated PG-13 for language and some sexual content
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The car that Max Skinner drives is the smart fortwo cabriolet in the pulse trim. The colour is stream green with the black tridion safety cell.See more »
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Continuity: 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 »
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Max Skinner:[dealing with two obnoxious tourists] Macdonalds is in Avignon, fish and chips in Marseille. Allez.See more »
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97 out of 121 people found the following review useful.
A Moment Spent with Marion Cotillard Would Make My Year!, 27 October 2006
Author: TC Candler from Minneapolis, USA

Food tastes better there. The women are naturally beautiful. Walks are more romantic. Wine is more complex... but life is less so. France can turn good memories into grand ones. It replaces currency with passion. It replaces accumulation with appreciation.

I believe the above statement to be very true. France is among the loveliest countries that I've ever been privileged to visit. If they had ESPN, I'd consider moving there. So when I heard that Ridley Scott was directing Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard in a film about a money-hungry British stock-broker who is lured into giving it all up for an inherited French vineyard, I thought it would be right up my alley.

To be honest, the film is so far up my alley that I felt my dreams were being violated. I cannot imagine a life more pleasurable than one spent living in a château, overlooking my own vineyard, waking up every morning to the glorious sensation of Marion Cotillard's morning breath. I'm practically orgasmic at that idea.

"A Good Year" is a crystal glass filled to the brim with 1982 Château Margaux... but unfortunately diluted by some city tap water.

As mentioned before, I loved the premise. The cast is equal to the task. The cinematography is only enhanced by the country's natural canvas. The music is eclectic and joyful, ranging from old standards to a traditional up-tempo score to the modern energy of tracks like Alizee's "Moi Lolita" -- which was, oddly, not chosen to play upon the arrival of a certain character. Nevertheless...

Everything about this film is a deliciously prepared meal... on a paper plate. The plate, in this case, is a flimsy script that brushes over too many details, cannot maintain its tone for more than a scene or two, reaches for grandeur without ever attaining it, and presumes its audience is naive and unworldly.

There are just too many scenes in this film that demanded more time and effort. Characters fall in love too easily. Massive decisions are taken too lightly. The tone shifts uncomfortably from romantic to slapstick to tragic to wistful to sarcastic. It all just felt a little forced. Screenwriter, Marc Klein, seems to be trying too hard. And Ridley Scott seems rushed, as though the studio demanded a running time under two hours.

It is a shame really, because the film has greatness in it... but they uncorked the bottle before it had time to mature.

Russell Crowe is relentlessly reliable on screen. He rarely, if ever, gives even a mediocre performance. It is no wonder that he is so highly regarded. I just thought that his character, Max Skinner (too obvious), was written so two-dimensionally as to handcuff his immense talent. I also thought his English accent was a little too "mate, blimey, b*llocks, b*gger, tally ho" -- If you know what I mean.

Marion Cotillard is typically brilliant as Fanny Chenal, the glorious vision of a waitress from the nearby town. She gives the film, and Max, some heart and soul. She is a fiery French lass with shampoo-commercial hair and skin that makes silk seem like sandpaper. I can't get enough of this actress. She is the visual equivalent of Pringles... once you pop, you can't stop.

Relative newcomer, Abbie Cornish, is also very impressive here. Again, her character, like all the others, is somewhat underwritten. She deserved much more screen time. However, this critic is 100% sure that she will have tons of screen time in many major films over the next decade or so. She is a future star, with talent and beauty in equal measures.

"A Good Year" may remind many of the similar Diane Lane adventure from the female perspective, "Under the Tuscan Sun". The main difference, aside from the sex of the protagonist, is that "Tuscan" decided from the get-go that it was going to be a lighthearted romantic comedy. I think that the screenplay for "A Good Year" got a little confused along the way. Sometimes it aims higher... and that is when it works the best. Other times it aims lower... and that is when it dwindles into lame slapstick comedy. If it had maintained a lofty romantic tone, it may have been one of the best films of the year. As it stands, it is a merely a nice film with a pleasant message.

© Written by TC Candler IndependentCritics.com

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