A Good Year (2006)

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Based upon: novel by Peter Mayle
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Genre: , ,
Runtime: 117 minutes
MPAA Rating: France: Tous publics, US: PG-13, UK: 12A
Filming Dates: 2005
Filming Locations: Bonnieux; Chateau la Canorgue; Gordes; Rail Station, Avignon; Marseille Provence airport (France), Bloomberg Offices, Finsbury
Theatrical Release: France: 3 Jan 2007, US: 10 Nov 2006, UK: 27 Oct 2006
DVD Release: France: 22 Aug 2007, US: 27 Feb 2007, UK: 7 May 2007

Everything matures... eventually

Max Skinner is a highly successful investment expert (Russell Crowe). When his estranged uncle dies, Max returns to the vineyard of his childhood. His intention at first is to put the past behind him and sell the vineyard as quickly as possible. But instead, he discovers a part of himself that he had lost since he had last been there…

Marion Cotillard

She plays Fanny, the local cafe-owner. She is careful not to get hurt (again) and is therefore cautious in getting closer to Max. On the other hand she is very charming and out-going by nature, so…. Marion certainly is everything one wishes for a film’s love interest – beautiful, charming, alluring, mysterious etc – but not much more since her character is somewhat limited by the script.


• During Max’s date with Fanny, several of the clips playing in the background are from the French film Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot.
• According to director/producer Ridley Scott, every scene of the film was shot within eight minutes of his home in Provence, where he has been living for 15 years.
• Screenplay author Marc Klein visited Provence in 2004, met with Peter Mayle, and spent almost a year researching the region and the wines.
• Fanny’s cafe was shot in a Gordes restaurant, with designer Sonja Klaus decorating it with items bought from second-hand shops considering the character would have done the same.

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From reviews

There are moments when the enchanting Cotillard resembles a Gallic, dark-haired Reese Witherspoon.
• Variety

Sultry bistro server Fanny Chenal (the ravishing Marion Cotillard) is the most irritated, but she still enchants Max.
• St. Peterburg Times

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