A Good Year

A Good Year

Ridley Scott (2006)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Russell Crowe and his Gladiator director Ridley Scott aren't known for their comic touch, so this airy feel-good movie marks something of a departure for them both. Crowe stars as Max, a city trader who inherits a vineyard in Provence from his Uncle Henry (Albert Finney, confined to flashbacks). Max hopes to sell it on quickly but his arrival in the French countryside causes him to reassess his life, particularly after a meeting with a lovely but cynical local café owner (Marion Cotillard). Adapted from Peter Mayle's novel, this escapist fantasy proves amiably diverting and gives Crowe a rare chance to test his comic mettle. His slapstick antics and French-baiting don't always convince, but he still manages to produce a performance that's delightfully good-natured.


A city trader inherits a French vineyard from his deceased uncle. But when he goes to France to get a valuation on his newly acquired property so he can sell it, a series of unexpected events leads him to reassess his priorities in life. Ridley Scott's comedy drama based on Peter Mayle's novel, starring Russell Crowe, Albert Finney, Abbie Cornish and Marion Cotillard.

Cast & Crew

Max Skinner Russell Crowe
Uncle Henry Albert Finney
Fanny Chenal Marion Cotillard
Christie Roberts Abbie Cornish
Charlie Willis Tom Hollander
Young Max Freddie Highmore
Ludivine Duflot Isabelle Candelier
Sir Nigel Kenneth Cranham
Gemma Archie Panjabi
Kenny Rafe Spall
Director Ridley Scott
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Swearing. Available on: DVDReleased on: 27 Oct 2006
Drama Comedy