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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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Traveling grocery sales bring a family back together See more (22 total) »

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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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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27 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Traveling grocery sales bring a family back together, 13 February 2008
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

Eric Guirado has made documentaries about the French countryside and specifically traveling tradesmen in central and southern France. Directly from that background comes this touching little fiction feature about a family that has a grocery business with a van that travels into the hills and provides daily necessities to aging country people. One of the sons, Francois (Stephan Gillian Tillié of Just a Question of Love) is a hairdresser in town. The other, Antoine (Nicolas Cazalé of Le Clan), left home years ago to live in Paris, but he returns to help out when his father (Daniel Duval) is downed by a heart attack. He stays with his mom (Jeanne Goupil). And very importantly, he brings with him a lively young woman, Claire (Clotilde Hesme, of Regular Lovers). They aren't really involved, but he is bailing her out. She is penniless, the refugee of an early failed marriage. He borrows money from his mom to make this trip, bail Claire out of her debts, and give her a peaceful place to finish her "bac" and apply to college in Spain. His own life in Paris has never jelled. He can't seem to hold a job for three months running.

Antoine pretends that he and Claire are married. And Francois, who lives elsewhere but comes by for meals, is pretending all is fine with his wife, who has left him some time ago. This isn't a family that communicates well, and Antoine left them because things weren't right; but neither was his own behavior as a youth--as we find out from Lucienne (Liliane Riviere), a feisty old lady on the van's grocery route who does not remember him with favor. Antoine also becomes more involved with Old Man Clement (Paul Clauchet), whose hen's eggs are practically all he has to offer any more. Guirado is remarkably skillful at making the constant trips in the grocery van different and reflective of changes in Antoine. Grounded in documentary technique, the film has a wealth of specific detail and never seems forced. And on top of that those in the main roles are actors with presence, anchored in center stage by the hunky, soulful Cazale and the vibrant, very French Clotilde Hesme. There is star quality here yet Cazalé, Tillié, and Duval, though you might not have known to pick them from a crowd, look very much like blood relations. That's good casting.

This is a very slight story, with some elements of too-sweet resolution, and it hardly seems likely to have much of a future as a US release. What makes it work are two things: the wealth of authentic country people who make up the secondary characters, the "customers" Antoine takes groceries to; and the fact that there are emotions here, that you care about Antoine and Francois and their dangling lives, the disgruntlement of their dad, Antoine's discovered affection for Claire, and his gradual acceptance, for the lack of anything better but because he has a basically good heart, of the idea that he might find a life in the rural world he fled from.

The Grocer's Son/Le fils de l'épicier is part of the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at Lincoln Center, February 29-March 9, 2008. No US distributor at that time. Later limited US theatrical release starting in June 2008.

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