on July 27, 2001 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
Clive Owen plays Colin Briggs, who is nearing the end of his term for murder. Well-behaved, Colin is picked as a candidate for the experimental Edgefield Open Prison, which has no bars, lets the prisoners walk around the grounds and gives them job training for their future as free men. There, the sullen Briggs discovers that he has an affinity for growing flowers, a talent which comes in handy when flamboyant gardening guru Georgina Woodhouse (Helen Mirren) chooses him and four other inmates to enter a contest for the best gardeners in England.

   It's not surprising that director Joel Hershman is American. "Greenfingers" is straight out of the Hollywood feel-good school of filmmaking, with simple homilies, an upbeat finale and positive values about making something of oneself. It certainly has none of the complexity of "Croupier," Owen's last film. "Greenfingers" may be based on a true story but it feels inauthentic. Starring Clive Owen, David Kelly and Helen Mirren. Directed and written by Joel Hershman. Produced by Travis Swords, Daniel J. Victor and Trudie Styler. No distributor set. Drama. Not yet rated. Running time: 91 min.

Tags: Clive Owen, David Kelly, Helen Mirren, Joel Hershman, Travis Swords, Daniel J. Victor, Trudie Styler, drama, prisoners, murder, England

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