Centre Sandra et Leo Kolber | Salle Lucie et André Chagnon
Having produced many prestigious CINEMANIA films (including NO AND ME in this year's program), the multi-talented Gilles Legrand wore his director's hat in the making of this long-anticipated film. Legrand delivers an outstanding and beautifully-filmed saga with an unusual mystery at its core.
Paul de Marseuil (Niels Arestrup), is the 'grand patron' of a prestigious winery in the St. Émilion region. His son Martin (Lorànt Deutsch) works with him on the family estate. But Paul is extremely demanding and meticulous about his production and cannot come to grips with the idea of his somewhat incompetent offspring succeeding him. He dreams of a son who in his eyes will be far more talented and charismatic. When Phillipe, son of his managing director/sommelier (Patrick Chesnais) returns to visit his ailing father, the situation turns upside down. Paul is immediately captivated by the skills of this perfect progeny. Thus begins a chess game with four participants - two fathers and two possible successors. The field of play: the mythical and majestic rows of grape-bearing vines, ripening among the sun-lavished hills, home to many of the world's great vintages. The women are powerless to do anything but watch their moves. And, it soon becomes apparent that one of the players has nothing to lose...
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