You Will Be My Son 2013

You Will Be My Son

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

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A French winemaker's (Niels Arestrup) contentious relationship with his son (Lorànt Deutsch) comes to a head when he asks the young man's childhood friend to become a partner in the winery.

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Critic Reviews for You Will Be My Son

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (4)

  • 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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Gilles Legrand's draggy melodrama about miserable characters who persist in their folly and never wise up is strictly vin ordinaire.

    September 19, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's an entertaining melodrama of the old school that plays out with the clockwork inevitability of a "Columbo" episode.

    August 16, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The parallel dramas underline the universal theme of primal jealousy, as fathers confront the prospect of their sons superseding them.

    August 15, 2013 | Rating: 5/5

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  • Aug 28, 2013
    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.
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