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The Grocer's Son (2007)
"Le fils de l'épicier" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  6 June 2008 (USA)
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Antoine Sforza, a thirty-year-old young man, left his village ten years before in order to start a new life in the big city, but now that his father, a traveling grocer, is in hospital ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cazalé ...
Antoine Sforza
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Claire
Daniel Duval ...
M. Sforza, le père d'Antoine
Jeanne Goupil ...
Mme Sforza, la mère d'Antoine
Stéphan Guérin-Tillié ...
François Sforza, le frère d'Antoine
Liliane Rovère ...
Lucienne
...
Le père Clément
Chad Chenouga ...
Hassan l'épicier
Ludmila Ruoso ...
Sophie
Benoît Giros ...
Fernand, le mécano
Gilles Chabrier ...
Le chef de rang
Jean-Luc Boucherot ...
Le docteur village
Gilberte Muguet ...
Mamie baskets
Christophe Mirabel ...
Le père du petit garçon
Odile Tommy Martin ...
Mamie escargot
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Antoine Sforza, a thirty-year-old young man, left his village ten years before in order to start a new life in the big city, but now that his father, a traveling grocer, is in hospital after a stroke, he more or less reluctantly accepts to come back to replace him in his daily rounds. Back in the village, accompanied by Claire, a young woman he loves but who hesitates to commit herself, he does the job half-satisfactorily. Too blunt, not in harmony with the locals, he offends them more than he serves them. Fortunately Claire, who has more business acumen, helps him to improve his skills. On the other hand, the relationships are tense with his brother François and even worse with his father, who despises him. So when the latter is back in the village, the situation deteriorates... Written by Guy Bellinger

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$10,587 (USA) (6 June 2008)

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$276,454 (USA) (12 December 2008)
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Director Eric Guirado spent time observing actual village merchants as research for the film. See more »

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When Antoine brings his mother to his apartment at the beginning of the movie, they enter from the staircase via a white door. Few seconds later when he exits the apartment to bring coffee to his mother from his neighbor, he exit to the staircase via the brown door. See more »

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Delightfully Appetizing!
10 February 2010 | by (-) – See all my reviews

I have seen one review here that described this movie as a "dud" and another stating... "All French movies are either about sex or sons reconnecting with their fathers. This one is mostly about the latter." I cannot agree with either. I do not believe all French movies are about either 'sex or sons and their fathers' but I do believe a lot are family orientated.

This is a film based around a hard-working small town family who stumble and struggle through the same ups and downs that most of us have at one point or another with family and children, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity. So please do not miss this movie if you believe it to be just another about fathers/sons and/or sex, as you would be missing out on something very different.

I couldn't say it was a dud in any aspect. Yes, there are flaws, it's not polished perfect but then again, neither are people and life. Because of this I found myself feeling more invested as a parent/spouse/sibling.

The lush scenery and quaint village became characters unto themselves with their lush beauty and vibrant colors. I've not watched a movie for some time where I could say a vehicle became such a huge part of the story. However, I believe it to be the central part of this movie, the proverbial beating heart willing all to see what it sees and proving that sometimes all is not lost and it doesn't take much at all to have things back up and running.

Eric Guirado has done a tremendous job of balancing the story and characters. It felt more of an ensemble piece to me. I read he'd spent time watching actual villagers and successfully as in most cases I wasn't sure who was an extra and who was a paid actor. If you've lived in a small village/town you'll surely appreciate the diversity.

The only negative I have is although I loved the Deleted scenes and Outtakes, I couldn't help but want a longer 'Making Of' after the movie finished.

It is definitely a movie I recommend you see and if you do, I'm sure most will find it as enjoyable as I did.


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