|Genre: Drama, Comedy, Prison, True Story, Love|
Plot: Paula Deitz's 1998 New York Times article "Free To Grow Bluebells in England," focusing on the real-life gardening exploits of British prisoners, serves as the inspiration for this fictional tale about finding beauty in the most unlikely of places.
When we first meet Colin Briggs (Clive Owen) he is a man who has given up on life. Nearing the end of a long sentence for murder, Colin is transferred to the minimum security HMP Edgefield, an open prison in the Cotswolds. While at Edgefield, Colin meets Fergus Wilks (David Kelly), an eccentric "lifer" who has come to terms with the fact that he will live out his remaining days within the confines of the prison.
When Colin receives an unwanted packet of seeds as a Christmas present from Fergus, he begrudgingly plants them in Edgefield's hard, infertile soil. Much to both men's surprise, the seeds flourish and, by Spring, have blossomed, along with the two men's friendship. The prison Governor, impressed by the sight of the beautiful double violets, commissions Colin, Fergus, and three other inmates to cultivate Edgefield's first garden.
The inmates' garden attracts the attention and praise of flamboyant gardening expert Georgina Woodhouse (Helen Mirren). Georgina is so taken with the men's unconventional gardening style and
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