Tuesday, October 9, 2012

You Will Be My Son (Tu Seras Mon Fils)

Director: Gilles Legrand
Starring: Niels Arestrup, Lorant Deutsch, Emmanuelle Béart, Patrick Chesnais, Nicolas Bridet

Ageing vintner Paul de Marseul (Niels Arestrup) is obsessed with passing his hard work onto posterity. Unfortunately a previous family history prevents Martin (Lorant Deutsch) his son, from being the likely recipient. Paul’s right-hand man François (a brilliant performance by Patrick Chesnais) who has been the mainstay of the vineyard’s success is dying of cancer and Martin believes he will take over. All portents future disaster. Paul dismisses Martin and sees Philippe (Nicolas Bridet), the son of François, as a better prospect to manage the vineyard on his father’s demise. What follows includes bitter disputes, revelations of family secrets, legal machinations, and even self-mutilation. This is a movie which lurches from drama to grim melodrama.

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