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The Grocer's Son (2007)

Le fils de l'épicier (original title)
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
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Claire
Daniel Duval ...
Le père
Jeanne Goupil ...
La mère
Stéphan Guérin-Tillié ...
François
Liliane Rovère ...
Lucienne
...
Le père Clément
Chad Chenouga ...
Hassan
Ludmila Ruoso ...
Sophie
Benoît Giros ...
Fernand
Gilles Chabrier ...
Le chef de rang
Jean-Luc Boucherot ...
Le docteur village
Gilberte Muguet ...
Mamie baskets
Christophe Mirabel ...
Père 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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6 June 2008 (USA)  »

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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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rich, complex, full-bodied ....
28 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A very nice film I think you'd like.... fine acting, terrific musical score, richly nuanced character interactions. The theme of personal growth and relationship redemption is strong and compelling. That said, this same theme both resonates with and is diluted by being juxtaposed as parallel to the urban vs bucolic dichotomy. This is unfortunate only to the extent that it is an incidental distraction to the character dynamics, and misleading as an undercurrent suggesting some inherently beneficent quality to rural areas resistant to modernity.

The photography in itself is rather good but somehow I left feeling they could have done more with the panoramic vistas sensed in the background as well as to contrast the city vs country ambiance; somewhat better cinematography might have elevated this movie from really good to excellent. For me the film lacked perhaps the exuberance of a fine Amarone but 'tasted like a really good Cab'..

One for your list of films to see..


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