You Will Be My Son

You Will Be My Son (2011/2013)

Also Known As: Tu Seras Mon Fils

Opened: 08/16/2013 Limited

The Paris08/16/2013 - 09/05/201321 days
Quad Cinema/NYC08/30/2013 - 09/19/201321 days
The Landmark09/13/2013 - 09/26/201314 days
Town Center 509/20/2013 - 10/03/201314 days
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Claremont 509/20/2013 - 09/26/20137 days
Playhouse 709/20/2013 - 09/26/20137 days
Music Hall 309/27/2013 - 10/10/201314 days
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Genre: French Drama (French w/English subtitles)

Rated: R for brief sexuality and language.

YOU WILL BE MY SON is a taut psychological intergenerational drama about the troubled relationship between Paul de Marseul, the owner of a prestigious Bordeaux vineyard (Niels Arestrup), and his son.

A demanding and passionate winemaker, Paul is also a domineering and manipulative father, not happy that his son, who works for him on the family estate, may one day succeed him. Paul dreams of a more talented and charismatic heir, more in line with his own fantasies. Things deteriorate as the health of Paul's trusted estate manager (Patrick Chesnais) takes a turn for the worse after his own brilliant son, Philippe (Nicolas Bridet), a winemaker as well, returns from California. Not before long, Paul starts seeing Philippe as his ideal son and turns away from his own flesh and blood.


Paul de Marseul, 65, runs his prestigious family wine estate with the passion and high standards handed down to him by his father and eleven previous generations. Paul was widowed long ago. His son Martin recently married Alice, and lives and works on the estate, restricted to administrative and sales tasks by his father. For purely subjective reasons, Paul cannot bring himself to entrust the vines or vinification to his son. He has worked for nearly 40 years with his loyal vineyard manager, Francois Amelot. Despite Martin's efforts, from a very young age, to interest his father and be what he wants him to be, he has never been the son his father dreamed of, and Paul has never shown him any love. In fact, he never misses an opportunity to humiliate or denigrate Martin, except of course when he needs him, only to exclude him once more immediately afterwards.

A few weeks before the grape harvest, Francois is told that he has incurable cancer and must stop working immediately. With Alice's encouragement, Martin offers to take over, seeing a chance to prove to Paul his attachment to the estate and ability to perpetuate the family tradition. Despite his doubts in his son's skills, with the harvest just round the corner, Paul agrees... until he can come up with a better idea.

From the day Francois's son, Philippe, returns to see his sick father, Paul is entranced. Philippe is the son he's always dreamed of--elegant, self--confident, and with an exceptional palate. What's more, after learning his trade all over the world, he's the top winemaker on a Californian estate. Paul is bowled over. Betraying his own son, he asks Philippe to take over the harvest and vinification from his father. Every day, Paul sees another manifestation of Philippe's all--conquering talents. Meantime, Martin is relegated to an underling's role, and gradually wilts and withdraws, undermined by an anger he can't immediately express.

With Philippe, Paul acts like a man who's trying to seduce a woman. He is funny, smart and charming, revealing his most attractive side and sharing the privileges of his social standing. Eventually, he offers Philippe a partnership in the estate, with the prospect of becoming his heir.

As Francois's health declines, Philippe will soon be without a father. To make his outrageous project happen, Paul will have to convince Martin to leave the estate. Then he can invent a new bloodline for himself. But Francois can't bear to be dispossessed of his son...