You Will Be My Son (Tu seras mon fils) 3.0 stars

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"You can't choose your family," goes the old saying. You Will Be My Son shows what may happen when you try. It's not a surprising story, but it is a satisfying one, saved from devolvement into grotesquerie by its layered performances, perfect setting in the world of fine wine (where nature is already on the rack), and tart screenplay. Paul de Marseul (Niels Arestrup), easily the most monstrous and magnetic father to hit the screen since Royal Tenenbaum, runs a top-flight winery in Bordeaux. But his manager has cancer, and he needs a successor. Paul's son Martin would love a shot at the job, but as Paul says, "This is a vineyard, not a charity." The boy just doesn't have it - mostly because his perpetually disappointed father has crushed it out of him. Maybe his manager's son, the accomplished and confident Philippe? What could go wrong? 2013.

Matthew Lickona

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