You Will Be My Son (Tu Seras Mon Fils)
Director : Gilles Legrand
Cast : Niels Aretrup, Lorant Deutsch, Patrick Chesnais, Anne Marivin
Genre : Drama
Country of Origin : France 2011
Language : French with English subtitles 102 mins.
Rating : ***
'Niels Aretrup gives a powerful performance as Philippe de Marseul, the patriarch with a raging ego and a ruthlessness bordering on the manic at the centre of this dark psychological drama'.
Set in the wonderful Saint Emilion countryside, a malevolent old wine grower Paul de Marseul (Niels Aretrup) is contemptuous of his quiet, hard working and devoted son Martin (Lorant Deutsch) whom he considers doesn't have a passion for wine. The estate manager's son, Philippe (Nicolas Bridet) has a natural business flair and has recently returned fron the wine growing regions of Australia and California and is selected as the heir apparent.
The cinematography (Yves Angelo) does justice to Saint Emilion and is a great visual advert for the region.
The film's storyline can seem a bit thin but it holds together due to Niels Aretrup's presence and you just want to see the outcome of this frighteningly destructive confrontation between father and son.