Finely crafted work poured into movie

22:42, Feb 20 2013
ROT'S SET IN: Grape nectar is thicker than blood for winemaker Paul de Marseil (Niels Arestrup) in You Shall Be My Son.

You Will Be My Son
M, 1hr 50min
Reviewed by Lou Tulett.

You have to mix many sour grapes to make a fine bottle of wine and, in the case of You Will Be My Son, the grapes are the characters who must leave a sour taste in the mouth to savour a fine film.

There are very few redeeming qualities in the characters, making it hard to feel for any of their plights.

However, together, they combine to make a full-bodied, intriguing and beautifully crafted work. It's just an unpleasant aftertaste we are left with to mull over.

Combined with the fact that subtitles are not everybody's glass of burgundy - as You Will Be My Son is a French film - it's such a tear-germ it may put many off, but if you do make the effort you'll be rewarded with a well-made and fascinating story of a winemaker's desire to make a top drop no matter the cost.

Winemaker Paul de Marseil is passionate about his product, but although he's getting on and his right-hand man is no longer up to the job, he's not convinced his whiner of a son, Martin, has the passion to live up to his high expectations. Unlike the son of said right-hand man, who has a nose for the business and all the qualities Paul wishes his biological son possessed.

Sour grapes are bound to make vinegar, if care is not taken of each grape, and therein lies the recipe for disaster.


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