A Good Year

3 01 2013

A Good Year is one of my favourite films of all time. It is set in Provence in the South of France as well as London, and involves the relationship between Max (Russell Crowe) and his Uncle Henry (Albert Finney). The story flashes back and forth, from past to present, and we see a young Max being taught to appreciate the finer things in life (like a good wine) by his Uncle Henry. Of course, there is a love interest in the form of the lovely Fanny Chenal played with delightful French aplomb by Marion Cotillard.

SPOILER ALERT!
(But really, if you haven’t yet seen this film, have you been living under a rock since 2006?)

The best parts of the film are the pool scene when Max and Fanny are swimming as kids, and then the reveal at the end, as seen in this clip below – “FORGIVE MY LIPS, THEY FIND JOY IN THE MOST UNUSUAL PLACES.” – Max Skinner.

The film is based on the 1989 book called “A Year in Provence” by former advertising man Peter Mayle. I actually have a copy of this book, it was a freebie with a magazine that I bought many moons ago. When I was studying Copywriting, I also found a book he wrote (in a second hand book store in Cape Town) in 1990 called “UP THE AGENCY – The Snakes and Ladders of the Advertising Business.” It was hilarious and hit the nail right on the head, and it was a book that drove me to pursue a career in media. But that’s a blog for another day.

In the meantime, here are some pics of the books mentioned above, which I am sure must be available on Amazon these days.

A YEAR IN PROVENCE BOOK COVER

UP THE AGENCY BOOK COVER

Just to end off on a particularly French note, I found this beautiful original version of Edith Piaf’s “La Vie en Rose” with a succinct edit of the best romantic clips of the movie A GOOD YEAR, so do enjoy.

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