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This selection offers drama but often with a touch of comedy, and although there are some serious themes, and occasional violence or tragedy, there isn't anything too 'heavy'.

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  • L'Etudiente et Monsieur Henri

    L'Etudiente et Monsieur Henri

  • Ce Qui Nous Lie

    Ce Qui Nous Lie

  • En Equilibre

    En Equilibre

  • Médecin de Campagne

    Médecin de Campagne

  • Dans La Cour

    Dans La Cour

  • Les Adoptés

    Les Adoptés

  • Cézanne et Moi

    Cézanne et moi

  • Gauguin - Voyage de Tahiti

    Gauguin - Voyage de Tahiti

  • Miss Montigny

    Miss Montigny

  • Les hommes du feu

    Les hommes du feu

  • Un Homme Idéal

    Un Homme Idéal

  • Hippocrate

    Hippocrate

  • Le Concert

    Le Concert

  • Belle et Sébastien

    Belle et Sébastien

  • Prendre le large

    Prendre le large

  • Après l'hiver, le printemps

    Après l'hiver, le printemps

  • Le monde est à toi

    Le monde est à toi

  • La Villa

    La Villa

  • Primaire

    Primaire

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Ce Qui Nous Lie
Ce Qui Nous Lie
Translating as 'What Binds Us', Ce Qui Nous Lie is a story of family bonding as three siblings come together to resolve financial difficulties following the death of their father. It is beautifully filmed in wide screen with sublime scenery. The story takes place almost entirely within the environs of a vineyard, where we are first treated to a view from the house as the seasons change, our narrator being the young Jean, one of the brothers.

Jean left the family to travel the world, largely because of his uneasy relationship with his father, something that we visit as flashbacks during the story. Jean has now returned from his vineyard in Australia, the reason being to see his dying father. His sister, Juliette, is overjoyed, but his younger brother Jérémie is not so happy, having feelings of animosity towards Jean, particularly as he wasn't there when their mother died. Things are not helped when the three find that the 500,000€ inheritance tax on the estate is far beyond their ability to pay, forcing them to consider ways to raise money.

One option is to sell up completely, which would suit Jean who has debts in Australia, but it isn't acceptable to the other two. The terms of their father's will requires that all three of them agree on any action. Juliette has become the de facto vineyard manager, and there is some tension between her and Jean when he tries to advise her on managing the wine production. Jérémie, on the other hand, is married, and his father-in-law has designs on acquiring the premier vines, as does another local grower.

Meanwhile, Jean's life is far from straightforward. He has a wife and child back in Australia, and relations are strained. As the story unfolds we see him torn between wanting to return to Australia, or remaining in France. He has rediscovered his love for his siblings, and the vineyard, and wants to help them save the business that was built up by his father.

While this family drama unfolds we are given quite an insight into the working of a vineyard; the harvest, the treading of the grapes, the critical timing of the winemaking process. We see the seasonal workers in the fields and enjoy with them the wild party after the harvest is gathered. It is a hard but fulfilling rural life.
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