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Rated R · 102 minutes · 2013

Great talent and a monstrous ego often come as a package deal, as illustrated by this insightful, taut 2011 drama set in Bordeaux. Niels Arestrup (A Prophet) stars as the brilliant but arrogant owner of an esteemed Saint-Emilion vineyard, who regards other people solely as objects to bend to his will. The son he disdains (Lorant Deutsch) competes for his father’s approval with the dying estate manager (Patrick Chesnais) and his hotshot son (Nicolas Bridet), who’s fresh off a stint as “Coppola’s head winemaker.” How blood and soil mix is a motif that resounds throughout; how director-cowriter Gilles Legrand offsets the sun’s kiss with death’s chill is a marvel. In French with subtitles.

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