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  • Summary: A story that focuses on the problematic relationship between Paul Marseul, owner of a prestigious vineyard in Saint Emilion and his son, Martin, who works with him on the family estate. Paul is a demanding and passionate wine-maker but is a domineering father. He is not happy that his sonA story that focuses on the problematic relationship between Paul Marseul, owner of a prestigious vineyard in Saint Emilion and his son, Martin, who works with him on the family estate. Paul is a demanding and passionate wine-maker but is a domineering father. He is not happy that his son may one day succeed him. He dreams of a son who is more talented, more charismatic . . . and more in line with his own aspirations. Things deteriorate as Paul's trusted manager Francois is dying of cancer. When Francois' son Philip, also in the wine business, returns from California to look after his father, Paul sees Philip as his ideal son and turns away from his own flesh and blood. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    May 6, 2013
    83
    There’s a ton of truth and ugliness to You Will Be My Son, and the minor digressions into soapy territory keep threatening to derail. It never does thanks to Arstrup, a force of nature who grabs his scenes by the throat and never lets go.
  2. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    May 6, 2013
    80
    There are no big surprises in store in terms of where this setup is headed...But the pic’s pleasures are nonetheless numerous, starting with its talented cast.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Aug 15, 2013
    80
    [A] beautifully acted movie.
  4. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    May 6, 2013
    70
    The film overcomes its schematic plot elements with finely observed characterizations and rich dialogue.
  5. Reviewed by: Matthew Kassel
    Aug 13, 2013
    63
    Mr. Arestrup gives a full-bodied performance as the film’s most intriguing character, who blurs the line between senile irascibility and out and out malice.
  6. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    May 6, 2013
    60
    As metaphors for life go, wine has a very high yield, and Gilles Legrand’s sensitive screenplay tramples out every last drop of juice.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Aug 11, 2013
    50
    For all of the director's willingness to explore his characters' unexpected depths, he's still hamstrung by his perpetually tasteful cinema-of-quality aesthetic.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
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  1. Sep 23, 2013
    6
    It is a classic story of a father-and-son conflict.

    A father is a well-known French wine maker who does not treat his son too well. The
    It is a classic story of a father-and-son conflict.

    A father is a well-known French wine maker who does not treat his son too well.

    The movie has a potential to be a brilliant one: it is shot very well, acting is superb, all details are done to the best of French cinematography. Unfortunately, the twist near the end turns this drama into a some kind of a thriller. In my opinion, not believable, not necessary and not tasteful...

    If not for the ending I would give this movie a "9"...
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