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The Grocer's Son -- 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...

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Director:
Writers:
Eric Guirado (scenario) &
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Release Date:
6 June 2008 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Nicolas Cazalé ... Antoine Sforza

Clotilde Hesme ... 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

Paul Crauchet ... 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
Robert Fayard ... L'homme hameau
Jemmy Walker ... Une femme du village
Robert Court ... Un homme du village
Robert Juventin ... Homme aux petits chats
Agnès Joniaux ... Dame 1
Arlette Caussidéry ... Dame 2
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Directed by
Eric Guirado 
 
Writing credits
Eric Guirado (scenario) &
Florence Vignon (scenario)

Eric Guirado (idea)

Produced by
Miléna Poylo .... producer
Gilles Sacuto .... producer
 
Original Music by
Christophe Boutin 
 
Cinematography by
Laurent Brunet 
 
Film Editing by
Pierre Haberer 
 
Casting by
Brigitte Moidon 
 
Production Design by
Valérie Faynot 
 
Costume Design by
Ann Dunsford 
 
Makeup Department
Karina Gruais .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Christophe Desenclos .... production manager
Pierre-Yves Jourdain .... unit production manager
Cecile Regnauld .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Prune Brachet .... second assistant director
Dominique Heinry .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Britta Demasse .... set dresser
Thierry Fièvre .... property master
Eric Lambert .... props
Pascaline Pitiot .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Laure Arto .... adr engineer
Laure Arto .... foley engineer
Fred Bielle .... sound editor
Frédéric Cattoni .... consultant: DTS
Emmanuel Croset .... sound mixer
Nicolas Favre .... sound
Vincent Hazard .... supervising sound editor
Sébastien Lebailly .... boom operator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lucie Adalid .... second assistant camera
Julie Conte .... first assistant camera
Baptiste Imbert .... electrician
 
Editorial Department
Benoit Delbove .... assistant editor
Marion Viguier .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Loris Bernot .... additional music recording engineer
 
Other crew
Tony Arnoux .... press attache
Nathalie Djian .... administrator
Virginie Legeay .... trainee assistant producer
Sophie Lixon .... production secretary
Mylène Ollivier .... location manager
Sora Prim .... script supervisor (as Sarah Prim)
Cecile Regnauld .... location scout
André-Paul Ricci .... press attache
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le fils de l'épicier" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
96 min
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Trivia:
Director Eric Guirado spent time observing actual village merchants as research for the film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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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33 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
When documentary meets fiction, 8 September 2007
Author: guy-bellinger (guy.bellinger@wanadoo.fr) from Montigny-lès-Metz, France

Despite its very simple plot (the story of a son taking over the daily round of his sick grocer father), 'Le fils de l'épicier' qualifies as an enriching film experience.

Helmer Eric Guirado never relies on twist plots, car chases or visual effects… and yet the viewer is captivated and leaves the theater fulfilled and happy. This is no small feat, so how does the co-writer/director Guirado accomplish this object? It's easy for me to analyze how he went about it (although I guess it must have been very difficult for him to make such a thin story interesting).

What actually makes this film particularly effective is its fine blend of documentary and fiction. A real ethnographer, the director captures real life to perfection. The grocer's son's customers are real people, what they say is what everyday fellows do in everyday life. Moreover most of the people playing villagers and customers are not professional actors but true people re-enacting what they do day after day. Simple, old chaps, rarely honored by the big screen. All rings true in 'Le Fils de l'Epicier' and this all the less surprising as Eric Guirado followed three different grocers in their daily rounds for months and months before filming. He DOES know his subject and you get an impression of truth throughout.

However, supposing 'Le fils de l'épicier' had been a hardcore documentary, it might not be as exciting as it is. For what little fiction is added to the documentary aspect lives up to it and finally makes the story and the characters catch on even better.

For instance Guirado examines with impressive relevance the tense relationships in the family. He also explores convincingly the serious theme of finding one's place in life and in society. Just like the customers mentioned before, the characters are true to life and Eric Guirado, never condemning any of his characters, tries to make us understand all of them, including the most unpleasant ones. A humanistic approach Jean Renoir would have approved of. Add to this a knack for comedy. Whenever it is possible Guirado eases the tension thanks to well-timed and staged funny sequences, like the painting of the van, the crazy appearances of Lucienne, etc.) There are good professional actors too ( handsome brooding Nicolas Cazalé; refreshingly unaffected Clotilde Hesme; Jeanne Goupil, Joel Seria's former sexy muse turned plump-fifty-year-old-mother-with-a-heart-of-gold ; always unsettling Daniel Duval as the unforgiving father).

To put it in a nutshell, in 'Le Fils de l'Epicier' the documentary side enhances the fiction and vice versa. Go and see it. You won't be disappointed.

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