Life In A Different Place

I saw the movie “A Good Year” over the summer. The plot is pretty simple, after years of no contact with his Uncle Henry, London banker and bond trader Max Skinner (Russell Crowe) learns that Henry has died intestate, so Max inherits a château and vineyard in Provence. Max spent part of his childhood there, learning maxims and how to win and lose, and honing his killer instinct (at chess, which serves him well in finance). Max goes to France intent on selling the property. He spends a few days there, getting the property ready to show. Then a determined young California girl (Abbie Cornish) arrives claiming to be the illegitimate daughter of the deceased uncle and rightful owner of the vineyard.

The movie flashes back regularly to Max’s childhood and leaves us asking the question as one reviewer puts it – “Did Max the boy know things that Max the man has forgotten?”  In Advent as we spill towards Christmas do we learn and observe most from children whose characteristics Jesus often commended, is that were I am being attentive? One line in that movie gripped me where Max comments, “This place does not suit my life…”

The response to his statement, “No… Your life does not suit this place…”

 No glitzy and self opinionated comment to that as I look at my life this Advent…    

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