Three siblings reunite at their home in picturesque Burgundy to save the family vineyard in this tender tale of a new generation finding its own unique blend from acclaimed director Cédric Klapisch (L'Auberge Espagnole). Jean (Pio Marmai), the black sheep of the family, unexpectedly returns home from a decade abroad to reconnect with his hospitalized father. He's welcomed by his strong-willed sister, Juliette (Ana Girardot), who took over the reins of the vineyard after their father fell ill, and Jeremie (Francois Civil), the youngest of the three who has recently married into one of the region's more prestigious wine families. Their father passes shortly after Jean's return, leaving them with the estate and a looming inheritance tax of half a million dollars. As four seasons and two harvests go by, Jean, Juliette, and Jeremie have to learn to reinvent their relationship and trust in each other as they work to preserve the land that ties them together.
From the same director
Pio Marmaï (Jean), Ana Girardot (Juliette), François Civil (Jérémie), Jean-Marc Roulot (Marcel), María Valverde (Alicia), Yamée Couture (Océane), Jean-Marie Winling (Anselme, le père d'Alicia), Florence Pernel (Chantal, la mère d'Alicia), Éric Caravaca (Le père), Tewfik Jallab (Marouane), Karidja Touré (Lina), Bruno Raffaelli (Le notaire (as Bruno Raffaelli de la Comédie Française)), Eric Bougnon (Gérard, le voisin), Marina Tomé (La clerc de notaire), Hervé Mahieux (Vincent, ouvrier agricole), Didier Dubuisson (Didier, ouvrier agricole), Jean-Michel Lesoeur (Jean-Michel , ouvrier agricole), Fanny Capretta (Fanny, la vendangeuse), Charlène Feres (Charlène, la vendangeuse (as Charlène Ferès)), Julie Leflaive (La laborantine), Sarah Grappin (La mère), Hugo Soyer (Jean enfant), Alice de Germay (Juliette enfant), Alan Morgoev (Jérémie enfant), Noé Charles (Julien, 3 mois)...
Best film I've seen (#5) of the Sydney film festival (so far, 7 to go). It's French, it's charming, but it is never a cliché. That's difficult because the world in general has so many preconceptions about France. It's about wine, and Thank You, I learnt a lot. The cinema was full, lots of French people and lots of French speakers, including those, comme moi, who vaguely imagine we speak French. The French wine board missed an opportunity, they could have had a testing in the foyer, and it would have been a sucès folle.
It's a film about family, and how you cannot really know them, no matter how you think you do. It's also about tax and travel, and for all the French people out there, please note: There are NO inheritance taxes in Australia. And it is easy to work for yourself. No permission or paperwork required, just sweat.
That is probably why Jean is growing wine in Australia. He is torn between his life here and his life in Burgundy, and a satisfactory answer is hard to find. It is a chord which every Australian understands (and why this film should get wide release here, please) we all go back to Burgundy or Thessiloniki or Liverpool to find what we left, and for many of us, it turns out to be just not what we remembered for good or bad. The way this is shown, so lightly and, very delicately, is one of several reasons this film is special. The ending is particularly good.
Ce qui nous lie ((original title)) • Entre viñedos (Argentina) • O Que nos Liga (Brazil) • Retour en Bourgogne (Canada (French title); Netherlands) • Der Wein und der Wind (Germany) • Vores vingård i Bourgogne (Denmark) • Nuestra vida en la Borgoña (Spain) • Viinitilamme Ranskassa (Finland) • Le Vin et le vent (France (working title)) • Επιστροφή στην Βουργουνδία (Greece)
Ce Qui Me Meut Motion Pictures, StudioCanal (co-production), France 2 Cinéma (co-production), Canal+ (participation), France Télévisions (participation), Ciné+ (participation), Région Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (support), Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC) (in partnership with)
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