For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Prison Films, here’s a review of Greenfingers (2000) by Catherine of Thoughts All Sorts Thanks again to Jay of Life Vs. Film for choosing this month’s genre. Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Ryan of Ten Stars or Less. We will be reviewing our favorite Boston […]
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Does it ever happen that when you think of a movie you go “yes! wow…that was such a great movie” and then when you get down to it, you can’t actually remember the details? That’s what’s happened to me…with Greenfingers (2000). I remember some scenes and also that I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The story stars Clive Owen as Colin who is sentenced to prison for murder. For reasons I can’t remember, he is transferred to an open prison where he meets Fergus (the always wonderful David Kelly) who introduces Colin to gardening and plants the seeds (literally and figuratively) of something new. This green pastime quickly grows on Colin (sorry, couldn’t resist) and some other inmates. I vaguely remember Helen Mirren urging them to enter a prestigious garden competition which they do. And…there’s another flower, specifically a Primrose (Natasha Little), who catches Colin‘s fancy.
According to IMDB, this movie, directed by Joel Hershman, is “based on inmates of Her Majesty’s Prison Leyhill which is located in Cotswold.”
So, while I’m not a big help with all the nitty gritty details or the performances, what I can do, because I can remember praising it, is recommend you give this one a watch. I recall it being feel-good and fun. So, definitely a prison movie, but a very colourful flowery one. Also, grandeur-worthy for Movie Rob‘s Genre Grandeur series with the topic Prison Movies selected by Jay of Life vs. Film.