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The title of this distinguished French movie (aka Tu seras mon fils) has a biblical ring to it and suggests connections with the land, and indeed this is the case. It's set in the beautiful Saint Émilion wine country and seems to be a reworking of the parable of the prodigal son, but one designed to expose and rectify the unfairness of God. The confidently menacing Niels Arestrup plays the overbearing widower Paul de Marseul, a rich wine grower and owner of a grand domaine, who consistently demeans and humiliates his quietly industrious and devoted son. On the eve of the annual harvest, Paul seizes the opportunity to promote his terminally ill estate manager's charismatic son, who's been living abroad in America and Australia, and then make him his legal heir. The wise estate manager, however, has le dernier mot after le dernier cru. It's well acted, slips easily and »

- Philip French

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