Good Year, A (2006, USA) C-118m. SCOPE ** D: Ridley Scott. Starring Russell Crowe, Albert Finney, Freddie Highmore, Archie Panjabi, Ali Rhodes, Tom Hollander, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Jacques Herlin. In a reteaming with director Scott (GLADIATOR), Crowe plays a ruthless businessman, who is whisked away from the stockmarket to rural France, where he must claim his inheritance, a winery replete with vineyards, which was left to him by uncle Finney. At first he just wants to sell it, later he changes his mind. Expectedly offers you beautiful pictures of the French countryside, but story is predictable and surprises are limited. A slight disappointment. Based on the novel by Peter Mayle.

© Ron Altman