This is definetly a film which is more than the sum of its parts. The story is of a successful Parisian girl giving up her job in IT to run a farm. The previous grumpy, cold and unwelcoming owner is retering and selling, but has to stay on another 18 months before his nephew can look after him. This could have descended into cloying sentimentality, as one of the previous reviewers has stated, but it is a credit to the director that though the farm and the scenery are beautiful and idyllic, time is taken to show that the work can be hard.
Both characters are very well drawn, and very understated. At the start of the film, the farmer is a hoot to watch. He writes off the girl as a flake who won't last a week, but again and again the girl shows she has the intelligence, imagination and graft to overcome the difficulties that face her. This of course, just makes him grumpier. The girl tries on a number of occasions to reach out to him, but the farmer either doesn't notice or tries to ignore her. Over time he softens and enjoys her company, but his grumpy demeanour is always close to the surface.
The girl is looking for some meaning in her life, which cannot be found in her daily commute to work in Paris. She is smart, headstrong and determined, but also a little uncertain of what she really wants. Particularly her nice ex-boyfriend who turns up at her farm, and wants her to come back with him to Paris tests this. She gives distinctly mixed signals - happy to see him, but not wanting to show it too much, sleeping with him, but then pointing out firmly that she is sticking to the farm, and so can't be with him. As with the farmer, it is a very convincing performance.
Tensions eventually rise to the surface in the film, but it is a credit to the director and scriptwriter that they do not feel contrived. An excellent film, well worth a look in,