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French press attack Crowe movie
Russell Crowe in A Good Year
Crowe's performance came in for sharp criticism
Russell Crowe's latest movie A Good Year, about an Englishman living in France, has been savaged by the country's media.

Daily paper Liberation called it "appalling" and accused director Ridley Scott of leaving no cliche untouched.

Le Parisien claimed it was filled with stereotypes, saying: "Everyone knows the French are grumpy and dirty, wear espadrilles and drive Renault 4s."

The film flopped on its US release and is estimated to have lost 20m.

Loosely based on Peter Mayle's best-selling book A Year in Provence, it reunited Crowe with Scott for the first time since Gladiator.

But the casting of the New Zealand action man as a romantic comedy lead was met with derision by some US and UK critics.

Now the French have turned their fire on the movie's portrayal of life in the Luberon region of Provence.

Liberation's film critic said: "Appalling from start to finish, A Good Year collapses under cliches of an ochre Luberon made for a loaded Anglo-Saxon elite."

The influx of British homebuyers into areas of rural France has long been a cause of mockery and occasional alarm for locals who have seen property prices spiral.

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