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You Will Be My Son Reviews

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 26, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 26, 2013
It's both an entertaining drama and a snappy little postcard of France.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
September 19, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
September 11, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 11, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Nora Lee Mandel
August 21, 2013
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 | Original Score: 7/10
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
August 16, 2013
It's an entertaining melodrama of the old school that plays out with the clockwork inevitability of a "Columbo" episode.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 15, 2013
The parallel dramas underline the universal theme of primal jealousy, as fathers confront the prospect of their sons superseding them.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
August 15, 2013
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.
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Matthew Kassel
New York Observer
August 14, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
August 13, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
August 12, 2013
The tyranny of fatherhood doesn't have a more intimidating embodiment than Niels Arestrup.
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
July 25, 2013
Great talent and a monstrous ego often come as a package deal, as illustrated by this insightful, taut 2011 drama set in Bordeaux.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 14, 2013
...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 | Original Score: B-
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 11, 2013
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 | Original Score: B
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 14, 2013
Legrand has directed with belief in what he is doing, and Niels Arestrup as Paul manages to be both strong and subtly humorous.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 30, 2013
A powerful father-son psychodrama with plenty of emotional fireworks in its depiction of the toxic power of high expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 29, 2013
Niels Arestrup delivers an award-caliber turn as a malevolent patriarch in this gripping melodrama.
Harvey S. Karten
February 12, 2013
A compelling story of family dysfunction on a French vineyard is buoyed by an Oscar-worthy performance from Niels Arestrup.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Philip French
Observer (UK)
December 9, 2012
It's well acted, slips easily and satisfactorily from the realistic into the melodramatic, and for the unviticultured like myself it is highly informative.
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