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You Will Be My Son

You Will Be My Son (2013)

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89

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

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

92

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 1

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

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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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Drama

Gilles Legrand, Delphine de Vigan, Laure Gasparotto

Feb 25, 2014

$0.2M

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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (13) | 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.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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How much you enjoy "You Will Be My Son" depends on how much you can take an unbearable, arrogant jerk as your lead character.

September 19, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Gilles Legrand's draggy melodrama about miserable characters who persist in their folly and never wise up is strictly vin ordinaire.

September 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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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.

September 11, 2013 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
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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.

September 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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It's an entertaining melodrama of the old school that plays out with the clockwork inevitability of a "Columbo" episode.

August 16, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
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It's both an entertaining drama and a snappy little postcard of France.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.

August 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

Everything is explicit; no one makes an unexpected move.

August 15, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
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.

August 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

You Will Be My Son endlessly spins its wheels, offering up scene after scene of Deutsch screwing up, or just plain existing, and Arestrup tossing deeply disgusted glances in his direction.

August 15, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

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

August 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
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.

August 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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.

July 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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Audience Reviews for You Will Be My Son

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.
August 28, 2013
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