Directed by Gilles Legrand, You Will Be My Son stars Niels Arestrup as Paul de Marseul, a prestigious wine-maker and owner of a renowned chateau and vineyard in Saint-Émilion, whom is disheartened by the notion of his son Martin (Lorànt Deutsch) taking over the family business. Martin does not seem to have inherited the qualities that Paul esteems in a wine-maker: persistence, creative insight and technical prowess matched with passion for the job and the product, and Paul frequently reminds him of this, whether explicitly or in subtle gestures. When Philippe (Nicolas Bridet) appears at the vineyard, Paul leaps at the chance to name him as his successor, neglecting the wishes of his own son. The tension in this familial triangle comes to a head when an unexpected event changes everything.
Like a fine wine, this drama is full-bodied and complex and provides a fascinating look at the matter of the transmission of knowledge, heritage and tradition in the world of wine.
Country of Origin: France
Language: French w/ English subtitles
Duration: 102 minutes
Director: Gilles Legrand
Starring: Niels Arestrup, Patrick Chenais, Lorànt Deutsch, Nicolas Bridet
Australian release: November 1, 2012
Nicolas Bridet was nominated for Most Promising Actor at César Awards 2012
‘Fermenting daddy issues prove a headier concoction than any vintage produced at a French chateau in this classy, full-bodied family drama’ – Variety
‘Classically structured and played’ – Variety
'One of the finest films of French cinema' - Pariscope (France)
‘ a deeply moving drama set in the ruthless world of wine, orchestrated around a father-son confrontation’ – Le Figaro (France)
‘a great vintage’ 3 out of 4 stars - Le Figaro (France)
'A very good year!' – Execessif (France)
‘ Gilles Legrand beautifully portrays the scenic beauty and light of Bordeaux. ‘ – La Croix (France)