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You Will Be My Son

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Exploring a father-son dynamic through the prism of wine-making

Fantastically acted, stylishly told, Gilles Legrand’s family drama explores a father/son dynamic through the prism of a wine-making business.

The everimposing Niels Arestrup (A Prophet, War Horse) is Paul de Marseul, an ageing French vintner whose son Martin (Lorànt Deutsch) has neither the skill nor the will to take his place.

It’s a relationship further strained by Paul’s fatherly love for Philippe (Nicolas Bridet), the talented son of his estate manager who he lavishes with praise.

Occasionally melodramatic but never dull, this is a stark, intelligent take on family that builds to a climax as satisfying as it is unpredictable.

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