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Review: 'You Will Be My Son' Tests The Bonds Between Father And Son With Truth And Ugliness

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 20, 2013 6:00 PM
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“You Will Be My Son” could very well be the “Moby Dick” of stories about realistically awful fathers. The beauty of a gorgeous vineyard in France is obscured by the monstrous countenance of Paul de Marseul (Niels Arestrup), a bitter old man caring for his massive wine business with a pompous sense of ownership that shrinks all those around him. The man who bears the brunt of this condescension, however, is his own son. Paul considers himself raised off the land whereas dedicated son Martin (Lorant Deutsch) is college-educated. Paul, a beefy, overweight older man with a brusque manner, barrels into rooms with his top buttons undone, his beard unkempt and usually with a bottle of wine in his chubby fingers. Martin, by contrast, is a lanky, weak-chinned intellectual with a finely-ironed wardrobe and a knowledge of wine that comes not from taste or touch, but from books.

NYFF Review: Joachim LaFosse's 'Our Children' Staring Tahar Rahim Is Unbelievably Grim In Both Content And Form

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 12, 2012 6:30 PM
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Some movies you don't exit, you escape. You crawl out from underneath them, they're so heavy and oppressive and immovably huge. "Our Children" is one such weighty mass. But instead of being a transformative, ultimately life-affirming experience, the way similarly bleak "Amour" and "Rust & Bone" are, "Our Children" is full of one-note grimness. Directed by Belgian film director Joachim LaFosse ("Nue Propriété," "Élève libre") there's nothing to be gained from the experience, and is a grim drag in both content and form. By the time it reaches its semi-shocking conclusion, groans erupted from our audience and the squeaking of hastily exited chairs could be heard.

Tahar Rahim & Niel Arestrup To Reunite For Joachim Lafosse's 'Aimer À Perdre La Raison'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 24, 2011 4:45 AM
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Looks like a reunion of talent from Jacques Audiard's excellent 2009 film "A Prophet" is in the works with Joachim Lafosse's next directorial effort, the family drama "Aimer à perdre la raison" -- which roughly translates to "Loving Without Reason."

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