You Will Be My Son
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Paul de Marseul (Niels Aretrup) is the passionate, demanding proprietor of his prestigious family wine estate. But he has no faith in his son, Martin (Loran Deutsch), who works at the vineyard. Paul dreams of a harder-working, successful son-a dream that one day seemingly materializes when he meets Philip (Nicolas Bridet), the son of his dying estate manager (Patrick Chesnais). Can Paul turn against his own blood and turn Philip into the rightful heir of his family estate? (c) Cohen Media

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mystery lovers will delight in the sophisticated murder scheme, oenophiles will love the Wine Expo atmosphere, and admirers of restrained menace will lose themselves in the icy pools of Arestrup's eyes."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"French director and co-writer Gilles Legrand shows great mastery of tone and pacing in his third feature, which begins life as a domestic drama set at a family-owned vineyard and slowly morphs into a tense thriller."
‑ Christy Lemire, RogerEbert.com
"It's both an entertaining drama and a snappy little postcard of France."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Legrand pays homage to this talent by packaging him with a fine script, a strong supporting cast and a rich production that make this fraught wine world both thrilling and chilling."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"...a criss-crossing and parallel father son story with a gruff, larger-than-life performance from the great Arestrup and a highly satisfying unexpected climactic development that's weakened by the extreme difference between de Marseul pere and fils."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"How much you enjoy "You Will Be My Son" depends on how much you can take an unbearable, arrogant jerk as your lead character."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"A strongly acted, character-driven melodrama, concerned with the dynamics of family in general and father-son issues in particular, it presents situations so emotionally supercharged that the whole story could have come straight out of Balzac."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Headed by a pungent patriarchal performance by Arestrup. . . in beautiful vineyards. . .how far ambition trumps family ties is unpredictable. . .into a tense tale of revenge."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"The tyranny of fatherhood doesn't have a more intimidating embodiment than Niels Arestrup."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"The story is Shakespearean in tone and mood as the elder attempts to thwart the younger and the younger fights against his father's maneuverings."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Gilles Legrand's draggy melodrama about miserable characters who persist in their folly and never wise up is strictly vin ordinaire."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"It's an entertaining melodrama of the old school that plays out with the clockwork inevitability of a "Columbo" episode."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"Everything is explicit; no one makes an unexpected move."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"For all of the director's willingness to explore his characters' unexpected depths, he's still hamstrung by his perpetually tasteful cinema-of-quality aesthetic."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
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