• R, 1 hr. 42 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Gilles Legrand
    In Theaters:
    Aug 16, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Feb 25, 2014
  • Cohen Media Group


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You Will Be My Son Reviews

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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 Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 26, 2013
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

September 26, 2013
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

September 19, 2013
Peter Keough
Boston Globe
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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.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

September 19, 2013
Christy Lemire
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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.

Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 11, 2013
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 11, 2013
Nora Lee Mandel

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 Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 7/10

August 21, 2013
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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It's an entertaining melodrama of the old school that plays out with the clockwork inevitability of a "Columbo" episode.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

August 16, 2013
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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The parallel dramas underline the universal theme of primal jealousy, as fathers confront the prospect of their sons superseding them.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 5/5

August 15, 2013
Noel Murray
The Dissolve

Everything is explicit; no one makes an unexpected move.

Full Review Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 15, 2013
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

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 Source: Film Journal International

August 15, 2013
Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
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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.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

August 15, 2013
Matthew Kassel
New York Observer
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A kind of parable that is as much an effective portrait of intergenerational struggle as it is a slick psychological thriller with Shakespearian shadings.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 14, 2013
Eric Hynes
Time Out New York
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Evoking a contemporary fable but unfolding like a thriller, You Will Be My Son is most of all a devastatingly realistic depiction of the festering resentments shared between a father and son.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

August 13, 2013
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

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

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

August 12, 2013
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

August 11, 2013
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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Great talent and a monstrous ego often come as a package deal, as illustrated by this insightful, taut 2011 drama set in Bordeaux.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 25, 2013
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...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 Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B-

July 14, 2013
Robin Clifford
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 Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

July 11, 2013
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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Legrand has directed with belief in what he is doing, and Niels Arestrup as Paul manages to be both strong and subtly humorous.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

June 14, 2013
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