From France comes one of the last film productions where wine is the true protagonist of the story told. The vicissitudes of a family of winemakers in the beautiful surroundings of French Burgundy serve as a pretext to focus on all the processes involved in winemaking. From pruning to vineyard cleaning, through ripening, harvesting, fermentation ...
In this sense the good wine enthusiast will not be disappointed, because the film covers in just over a year, the full cycle that leads to finally wine fill our glasses. There is even a vote in favor of biodynamic viticulture, to the detriment of one that uses more pesticides.
In fact, it gives the impression that the argument is built to support those small wineries that advocate a traditional viticulture that respects the environment. It is that beautiful description that sustains the film, at times dramatic, in other, comedy, flim that at times sees a bit lacking in rhythm.
After 10 years of absence, Jean, the oldest of three brothers, has to return to France, beset by his marital problems and the grave health of his father. His death will lead him to face a new future full of uncertainties. The union with his brothers will be fundamental to take forward the family property and give continuity to a business that for generations has lived on wine. Over the course of a year, since the grape harvest, the wine will mature as will its fraternal relationship.
Tittle: Ce qui nous lie
Duration: 113 min.
Director: Cédric Klapisch.
Screenplay: Cédric Klapisch, Santiago Amigorena.
Music: Loïik Dury, Christophe 'Disco' Minck.
Editing: Anne-Sophie Bion.
Photography: Alexis Kavyrchine.
Cast: Pio Marmaï, Ana Girardot, François Civil, Jean-Marc Roulot, María Valverde, Yamée Couture, Jean-Marie Winling, Florence Pernel.