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  • In real time Crow starts to fall I love with a local girl and is thrown when a young American woman turns up claiming to be his uncle's illegitimate daughter

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      A Good Year is a real feel good film, just like the title suggests. Russell Crow plays the lead and I actually like him in this film. He does a great English accent and plays a hard hearted, workaholic, money hungry city trader to perfection. His character doesn’t seem to care about anyone but himself and would turn over his best friend if he could make a few quid from it. However, when his uncle dies in his country home in France everything is about to change.

      Crow reluctantly leaves his post in the city to travel to France and oversee the sale of his uncle’s estate, because he has


      no intention of keeping this run down old place where he used to spend his summers as a young boy. As the only living relative of his eccentric old uncle, Crow stands to gain a lot from the sale, but the vineyards on the land are tended to by an old friend who obviously wants to hold onto his position, especially since he seems to be making some illicit and very expensive wine which he appears to be selling on the side. The wine that is officially grown there is awful and looks like reducing the price of the property.

      Crow’s time in France is fraught with disasters, from him getting ...


      • stuck in the empty pool to the house almost falling down around him, but amid all this a beautiful story begins to emerge.

        Shown in a series of flashbacks, Crow starts to remember his idyllic summers spent in France and the love he had for his uncle, who introduced him to wine and all the finer things in life, presumably giving Cow a love for and a need to carry on making money.

        In real time Crow starts to fall I love with a local girl and is thrown when a young American woman turns up claiming to be his uncle’s illegitimate daughter. Crow resist this claim at first, but as the

        pace of life and his growing love for the local girl softens him, he eventually gives the house over to this long lost relative in a starling gesture.

        As the film ends, with Crow remaining in France and marrying the local girl, I had an absolute longing to share in his experiences. It’s a beautifully told story, with everything that’s great about Europe highlighted and played out to its full. Seriously, who would want to work ten hour days in London making pots of cash when they could lounge around in rural France drinking wine all day and eating lunch on a stunning terrace? This film totally convinced me of which I would choose.




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