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You Will Be My Son (2013)

You Will Be My Son


Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 37
Fresh: 33
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: Niels Arestrup gives a powerful performance in this tale of familial tension that plays out like a taut, arresting thriller.

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 14
Fresh: 12
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: Niels Arestrup gives a powerful performance in this tale of familial tension that plays out like a taut, arresting thriller.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 3,041


Movie Info

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

R (for brief sexuality and language)
Directed By:
Written By:
Gilles Legrand , Delphine de Vigan , Laure Gasparotto , Delphine DeVigand
In Theaters:
Feb 25, 2014
Box Office:
Cohen Media Group - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for You Will Be My Son

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (4)

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.

Full Review… | September 26, 2013
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

How much you enjoy "You Will Be My Son" depends on how much you can take an unbearable, arrogant jerk as your lead character.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Gilles Legrand's draggy melodrama about miserable characters who persist in their folly and never wise up is strictly vin ordinaire.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 11, 2013
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 11, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It's an entertaining melodrama of the old school that plays out with the clockwork inevitability of a "Columbo" episode.

Full Review… | August 16, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

It's both an entertaining drama and a snappy little postcard of France.

Full Review… | September 26, 2013
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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.

Full Review… | August 21, 2013

Everything is explicit; no one makes an unexpected move.

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
The Dissolve

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.

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
Film Journal International

The tyranny of fatherhood doesn't have a more intimidating embodiment than Niels Arestrup.

Full Review… | August 12, 2013
Hollywood & Fine

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.

Full Review… | August 11, 2013
Slant Magazine

...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.

Full Review… | July 14, 2013
Reeling Reviews

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.

Full Review… | July 11, 2013
Reeling Reviews

Audience Reviews for You Will Be My Son

You Will Be My Son is a devastating account of obsession and narcissism. Father and Son Vineyard owners, Paul and Martin, struggle with their personal and profession lives with each other as Paul has no faith in his son and Martin knows that he will never live up to his impossible expectations. Niels Aretrup's Paul de Marseul is one of modern cinema's greatest villains. His character is deliciously deplorable, and as the story goes on we see him try to replace his son in every way he can, he becomes even more so hateful and even more compelling. Patrick Chesnais and Nicolas Bridet are both very good in their supporting roles as estate manager and son but I'm afraid Loran Deutsch who plays Martin is the weak link. More than made up for by the brilliant Niels Aretrup's performance and Gilles Legrand glorious direction. A gripping drama worth looking out for.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer


Even with all the hard work Martin(Lorant Deutsch) puts in around the family vineyard, his domineering father Paul(Niels Arestrup) hardly takes notice of him, especially when he is talking to reporters. That also holds true off the job except when Martin and his wife Alice(Anne Marivin) put their bed's springs to the test. But to everybody's disappointment, no kids yet. To be honest, Paul now has bigger things to contend with when his longtime estate manager Francois(Patrick Chesnais) is diagnosed with cancer and has six months left to live. So, it's a good thing Paul knows how to get in touch with Francois' son Philippe(Nicolas Bridet) in California.

"You Will Be My Son" is a compelling and downbeat familial tragedy whose story structure resembles nothing so much as a line of dominoes set into motion. That lack of control extends to how we cannot choose our family, which is Martin's central problem, even though he does love his father after a fashion. Paul not returning that emotion has more to do with his own issues, as he is so vain that he finds disappointment in a son who is not his mirror image.(Paul gives another reason late why he so dislikes his son, but he may have just been trying to get under Martin's skin at that point.) All of which is especially exacerbated by Francois' brush with mortality as questions arise over the next generation in a business where tradition is key.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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