A Good Year (DVD, 2007)
Review for: A Good Year (DVD, 2007, Full Frame)
by: mintex03 ( 1133User Score ) See all reviews by mintex03
A most enjoyable movie about a middle aged Englishman named Max Skinner. Max is a "Bull market " trader who trades currencies and financial instruments. To Max, making money is everything. He is very successful and very wealthy. When he was a child, his Uncle Henry, who lived in France, was his guardian. A boarding school child, he was educated in England, but learned of life from Uncle Henry during all of those summer vacations on his winery estate, La Siroque. Suddenly, Max learns of his Uncle Henry's death. As Henry's only relative, Max was set to inherit everything, but guilty for not having spoken to him in the past ten years, Max decided to sell everything as fast as possible. On a trip back to France, Max begins to reminisce about his time there as a boy. As the memories start flooding back, Max now starts having second thoughts. Max has a run in with a local girl, Fannie Chenal, and is mesmerized! She owns a nearby restaurant and Max, while not watching where he was going, ran her and her bicycle off the road. In turn, when he falls into the empty pool and can't get out because there is no ladder, she repays him by turning on the water. The vineyard master and his wife, Frances and Ludefin Duflot are the staff and have been there for years, back to when Max was a boy. Several days later a young American girl, Julie (Abby Cornish) shows up asking for Henry. Max tells her that Henry has recently died, and she tells him that Henry was her illegitimate father, the product of a relationship between her mother and Henry from twenty years previous. She worked at a vineyard and had met Henry on a trip to California. As days go by, Max is trying to figure out how to get rid of this potential cousin because she could queer any sale if she was for real. This and the quiet French charm of La Siroque, Fanny Chenal, and everything about the lifestyle of this place begins to seduce Max and make him not want to return to his former life. He decides to accept Julie as his cousin when he finds a reference to her in Uncle Henry's papers. Henry died without a will, so Max wrote one and included her in the inheritance. Eventually, "when called on the carpet" by his boss, Sir Nigel, Max has to make a decision to accept a large amount of money, and get out, or accept a full partnership and stay in the business. Max decides to take the money, Fannie, and the lifestyle of La Siroque.