The French comedy film 2020 the rose maker, directed by Pierre Pinaud, follows the story of a rose grower who hires three people with no experience in horticulture to help her save her business from bankruptcy. The film stars Catherine Frot, Fatsah Bouyahmed, Olivier Breitman, Olivia Côte, Vincent Dedienne, Melan Omerta and Marie Petiot. The film received generally positive reviews and in a film review published by New York Times, they praised Pinaud and described the general tone of the film. “Director Pierre Pinaud doesn’t force high-pitched jinks for giggles, nor does he push tears when it comes to forging cross-class bonds between his characters. It’s a relaxed film, allowing the audience to sit back and, if not smell the roses, at least appreciate them. If you enjoyed the feel-good movie and are looking for a movie that doesn’t require a complicated plot for a laid-back weekend vibe, here are five of our recommendations that will leave you touched and inspired.
The 2000 British comedy green fingers, directed and written by Joel Hershman, shares a similar plot with The rose maker involving a passion for gardening. The plot of the film centers on Colin Briggs, a convicted murderer who discovers his passion for gardening when he is placed in a special program for prisoners. With the other prisoners, they cultivate a garden and find themselves competing in a flower show. The film is loosely based on a story published in The New York Times about award-winning prisoners at HMP Leyhill, a minimum-security prison in the Cotswolds, England. The main cast includes Clive Owen, Helen Mirren, Natasha Little, David Kelly, Warren Clarke, Danny Dyer, Adam Fogerty, Paterson Joseph and Lucy Punch. The film is predictable and received mixed reviews, but it’s definitely worth watching if you want a feel-good movie. Roger Ebert wrote a review of the film and described the film as “relentlessly enjoyable and good-humoured, positive and eager to amuse, as it goes through the various stages obligatory of such stories”.
The color room
An inspiring film that shares a similar tone with The rose maker is the movie color room, based on the life of ceramic artist Clarice Cliff. The film follows Clarice, a woman working in a pottery factory who will significantly contribute to revolutionizing the workplace with her talent and creativity in Britain’s industrial Midlands of the 1920s. The film stars Phoebe Dynevor in her feature debut footage, Matthew Goode, David Morrissey, Darci Shaw, Kerry Fox and Luke Norris. In The Guardianthey praised Dynevor’s performance in the film, saying, “there’s a great performance from Phoebe Dynevor (Daphne the debutante in Bridgerton), who brings light-hearted mischief and stubborn defiance to Clarice, who we meet at the start of the twenties by working as a “painter” – hand-painted designs on pottery.
save the cinema
As Eve attempts to save her business from bankruptcy with the help of three outcasts in The rose makerbritish drama film save the cinema follows the story of hairdresser Liz Evans who leads the campaign to save their town’s youth theater from closing in 1993 by asking Steven Spielberg to have a special screening of jurassic park at the theatre. The film is based on a true story and is directed by Sara Sugarman with a screenplay by Piers Ashworth. It stars Jonathan Pryce, Samantha Morton, Tom Felton, Adeel Akhtar and Susan Wokoma. In a review published by Daily mail they wrote “To some degree it hits most of its targets – in that it’s soft, light-hearted and manages to be both fun and touching.”
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The 2011 British comedy-drama film Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a feel-good movie that follows a group of retirees who move into a retirement hotel in India only to find that the hotel isn’t exactly as advertised. The film was directed by John Madden with a screenplay by Ol Parker based on the 2004 novel those stupid things by Deborah Miggach. The film features an ensemble cast including Dev Patel, Judi Dench, Celia Imrie, Bill Nighy, Ronald Pickup, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, and Penelope Wilton. Similar to The Rose Maker, the film’s plot is predictable but like The Hollywood Reporter described in their review, “The story has its fair share of mechanical developments. But even in its most predictable form, winning characterizations and moving glimpses of aging keep the beautiful film on a warmly satisfying track. In the same article, they wrote, “The film’s pace may be a bit leisurely for some, but its core audience will no doubt appreciate having time to savor the rewards of a sweet story about endearing characters learning that change is never entirely out of reach.”
The lady in the van
The 2015 British comedy-drama film The Lady in the Van is based on a true story about a woman named Mary Shepherd, who parked her car alongside a writer named Alan Bennett’s driveway. The plot centers on the bond that develops between the two as Shepherd lived in his van for 15 years. The film was directed by Nicholas Hytner and stars Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings, based on the memoir of the same name written by Alan Bennett. just like The rose maker, the film shows how people from different backgrounds can form special bonds of friendship. The film received largely positive reviews from critics and Maggie Smith was nominated for Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards, Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 69th British Academy Film Awards, and won Best Actress at the 43rd Evening Standard British Film Awards. Independent posted a review of the film and wrote: ‘It’s a very British comedy, with references to Radio 4, Margaret Thatcher (Miss Shepherd bears a passing resemblance) and elements of slapstick. The storyline addresses guilt, atonement, and how nuns can behave meanly.