Fascinated by wine, French filmmaker Gilles Legrand’s new movie “You will be my son” / “tu seras mon fils” is a story about an endangered vintage cuvée. Shot in an authentic Saint-Emilion vineyard. Now available in American movie theaters since August 16th, we really recommend you go see this French movie.
You will discover a lot about French vineyards and will travel throughout the gorgeous landscapes. Old France and its Bordeaux region, the movie was shot near Saint-Emilion. The plot is a family drama where Niels Arestrup plays the role of Marseul, an imposing patriarch obsessed by its domain. He is the owner of this castle tragically inherited from his father. The center of the plot is that the patriarch refuses to hand the vineyard down to his son (played by a superb Lorant Deutsch) accusing him not having“flair”. Lorant Deutsch is pale in the role of Martin, bullied son of this narcissist monster. Clenching his teeth, the unfortunate heir is taking the criticism on the chin. Us spectators, stay helpless in front of the screen.
The tension gets worse when the right-hand man acted by Patrick Chesnais, holder of the vineyard knowledge, is diagnosed with staggering cancer. Enters a new character, the son of the manager (played by Nicolas Bridet), who was raised on the domain and then moved to learn from Coppola’s Californian vineyards. He is the complete opposite of Lorant Deutsch, the patriarch’s son. He is the parable of the prodigal son, lively and very confident. He embodies the perfect heir for Marseul.
This movie illustrates really well intoxication, power, talent, money and passion. Owning a vineyard is a passion. Gilles Legrand depicts how a wine grower can get caught up into this neurotic spiral. He states “ if you want to make a good wine, you have to excel in everything”. The movie’s profound question is “do you have to give your son your domain if you don’t feel he is equal to the task?” explains the director. “I love the diversity of the grape varieties, of the soils, aromas as well as the grapes, knotty and generous, the arrangement and the constraint we impose to its plant, the geometry and the architecture of the vineyards which offer a magnificent perspective, and also the vats like wine storehouses, cellars under the cisterian vault and above all the line of the barrels and the bottles, the underground silence, the smell, the texture, the colors, the light… The transformation of the grape in wine is one of the most beautiful thing men know how to do from a natural product”
Article by Yvonne Pearl
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