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A Good Year
A Good Year is a 2006 British romantic comedy film, set in London and Provence. It was directed by Ridley Scott, with an international cast including Russell Crowe, Marion Cotillard, Didier Bourdon, Abbie Cornish and Albert Finney. It is based on the 2004 novel of the same name by British author Peter Mayle.
In a prologue, a young Max Skinner spends his summer holidays learning to appreciate the finer things in life at his Uncle Henry’s vineyard estate in Provence in southeastern France. Some 25 years later, Max is an aggressive, hard-working London-based investment trader. Following his uncle’s death, Max is the sole beneficiary of the French property. He travels to Provence to prepare for a quick sale. Shortly after arriving he knocks a local cafe owner, named Fanny Chenal, off her bicycle as a result of his careless driving. Subsequently he discovers that his latest City financial stunt has landed him in hot water with the UK government and with his firm’s directors, necessitating a return to London. To assist in his planned sale of the property, Max hurriedly snaps some photos and falls into an empty swimming pool.
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