DVD Review: You Will Be My Son
Most fathers traditionally want their sons to carry on the family business, but in You Will Be My Son, father Paul, the owner of a successful vineyard valued at over E30 Million, sees nothing but incompetence in his son. And in doing so, and continually setting son Martin up for failure, and in doing so sets up a soul destroying anger in his son’s heart. Not that Paul cares, for he has no heart. His only love is to his vineyard and finding someone to take over as he current chief grower has a very terminal form of cancer.
Family tensions get even worse when Paul invites the son of his current grower over on the pretense of seeing his dying father, but in reality has greater plans in motion.
Whilst son Martin seethes from the inside, constantly being berated by his father, Paul’s plans continue to drive a wedge through the lives of everyone involved in the vineyard.
You Will Be My Son is a powerful film, made great by the performance of Niels Arestrup as the despicable Paul. It’s a gritty and dark look at how families, greed and power combine to create a monstrous villain. The real power of the story however comes from the role of Martin, the son, who really isn’t suited for the job at hand, which gives you a reason to see Paul’s reasoning even though you despise his actions.
A very rewarding film.
Rating: M: Offensive language & sexual references.