Some fathers and sons have had conflicts; they may not always see eye-to-eye. The conflict between Paul and his son Martin may appear to be from the Bible. However the setting for You Will Be My Son is in St. Émilion, France in the world-famous Bordeaux wine region. Paul has serious doubts about his son’s ability to take the reigns of the vineyard and winery even though he has an oenology degree. Martin lacks a palate. In this drama, a palate is more important than a degree, and a vineyard and wine are as important characters in the film as are the actors.
To further place a wedge between father and son, the ailing vineyard manager’s son, Philippe, comes to help in the vineyard. Paul immediately takes a liking to Philippe thus driving his own son Martin further away. The women in their lives seem to be helpless as though looking on from the sidelines until an unexpected twist changes the families forever.
The setting for the film is in the town of St. Émilion and the surrounding vineyards. We were in St. Émilion during July 2013, and the vineyard scenes in the film look like what we saw driving in the area and visiting a winery and vineyard in the area. The town itself is hilly and quaint.
You Will Be My Son is directed and co-written by: Gilles Legrand. The movie is starring: Niels Arestrup, Lorànt Deutsch, Patrick Chesnais, Anne Marivan and Nicolas Bridet. The film is in French with English subtitles. It opens August 16th in select theaters from Cohen Media Group.