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French Film review: "You Will Be My Son"

Film review: You will be my son


A wonderful and compelling film brings to light how a father’s years of tradition and heritage can create blind ambition and self arrogance toward others even a beloved son. The film, “You will be my son,” tells a story of Paul de Marseul, played by Niels Arestrup, who owns a well established vineyard passed down from generations to generations. Martin del Marseul, Paul’s only son, played by Lorant Deutsch, has dedicated his whole life tending to his father’s wishes despite his constant insults and carelessness toward him. Paul’s life long friend and manager for the vineyard Francois Amelot, played by Patrick Chesnais, becomes terminally ill and can no longer care for the vineyard. Martin looks for the opportunity to finally prove to his father he is the right man for the job, but Paul has other plans.

This story takes place in the hillsides valleys of France where the Marseul Vineyard is expected to reap one of their finest grapes ever grown and produce their world renowned wines. Paul has blamed his son, Martin, for the death of his wife and has publicly denounced him. As news of the health of Francois reaches his son Philippe Amelot living in the US, played by Nicolas Bridet, to visit him. Paul becomes enchanted with Phillippe and grooms him to become the vineyard’s newest manager and soon co-owner of the family business. Paul decides to sever his acknowledgement towards his son Martin and avoids any hope of ever reconciling their torn and frustrating relationship. Emotionally scared, Martin decide to leave his inheritance and everything behind to start a new life with his pregnant wife, Alice, played by Anne Marivin. With the news of his son’s departure, Paul can finally take comfort leaving his life’s work and the vineyard to his successor, Phillippe.

What really intrigues me the most about this film is the actor’s portrayal of the father’s resentment towards his son, Martin. To great lengths to appease his father, Martin realize what his father really wants from him, absolutely nothing. Though many will side with Martin’s character, audiences will discover the reasoning of Paul’s actions and his ill will towards his son. Produce by Frederic Brillon and Director Gilles Legrand with screenwriter Delphine DeVigand bring an emotional film that will pull the heart strings of audiences and conclude some traditions should best be buried like grape seeds. The film’s dialect is in French with English subtitles. and is available on February 25th on DVD or Blu-ray and distributed by Cohen Media Group.

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