You Will Be My Son

You’ll be my son is a 2010 French drama film directed by Gilles Legrand, starring Niels Arestrup and Lorànt Deutsch. It was written by Legrand, Sandrine Cayron, and Delphine de Vigan and released in France on the 24 August 2011. Arestrup plays Paul de Marseul, a passionate and demanding winemaker unsatisfied with the prospect of his son, Martin (Lorànt Deutsch) taking over his vineyard. He dreams of a more talented one, and finds him in the shape of Phillipe (Nicolas Bridet), the son of his steward, François (Patrick Chesnais). de Marseul lavishes attention and praise on Phillipe, all the time degrading Martin’s achievements, eventually inviting Phillipe rather than his own son to attend his investiture in the Legion d’honneur. Le Figaro gave the film three out of four stars and called it “a great vintage”.

Bright Days Ahead

Bright days ahead? Caroline has retired, at last. A new life lies before her: time to take care of her children, her husband, and, most of all, herself. However, she soon comes to realize that this new freedom is synonymous with boredom and idleness. Especially when she receives a membership to her neighborhood’s senior club as a birthday present… Reluctant at first, she nevertheless decides to take the plunge. Oddly enough, she meets great people there, starting with the young computer science teacher, who is far from insensitive to her charms. Caroline gradually takes control of her life again and lives a second youth: taking a new lover, living new experiences, breaking the rules, not doing what’s expected of her… Who said that retirement was the beginning of the end and not a new beginning?

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Elle France editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who, in 1995 at the age of 43, suffered a stroke that paralyzed his entire body, except his left eye. Using that eye to blink out his memoir, Bauby eloquently described the aspects of his interior world, from the psychological torment of being trapped inside his body to his imagined stories from lands he’d only visited in his mind.