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Director:
Writers:
Eric Guirado (scenario) &
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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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Opening This Week
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deceptively simple story that builds to a moving crescendo 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

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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Did You Know?

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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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
deceptively simple story that builds to a moving crescendo, 12 January 2009
Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States

Even from his earliest days, Antoine Sfouza has made it the goal of his life not to have anything to do with the family business. That's why, in his late teens, he left the town where he was born and raised and headed off to the big city in search of fame, fortune and a better life for himself. The problem is that now, at the ripe old age of thirty, Antoine finds himself an embittered ne'er-do-well loser, waiting tables in a sidewalk cafe and living in a dreary one-room flat in Paris, all but estranged from the family that raised him. But after his father is hospitalized with a heart attack, Antoine reluctantly returns to help his mother and brother run the grocery store, which, as a part of its service, operates a van that travels around the local countryside, selling goods in towns and villages too remote to have a fully stocked grocery store of their own. It becomes Antoine's job to drive and man the van, even though his gloomy demeanor and prickly personality don't make him exactly a prime candidate for such an assignment.

Eric Guirado's "The Grocer's Son" might just as easily have been titled "The Grocer's Prodigal Son," since the movie is a fairly transparent update of that well-known story from the Bible. Yet, lucky for us, the screenplay by Guirado and Florence Vignon fleshes out the allegory with fully realized characters and the kind of family dynamics that can only be hinted at in a brief parable. In a carefully understated performance, Nicolas Cazale plays the brooding, almost completely unsmiling Antoine, who eventually comes to learn that a life spent cut off from the people around him is no life at all. The charming Clotilde Hesme co-stars as the free-spirited and independent 26-year-old college student who rooms and boards with the family and who becomes a major catalyst for change in the young man's life.

This is a movie that sneaks up on you slowly and wins you over by degrees - until, in the last half hour or so, it becomes a lyrical, really quite beautiful tale of redemption and compassion, of accepting responsibility and finding one's place in the world. Add to the mix an array of sweet and winning performances by a tremendously gifted cast, a lilting musical score by Christophe Boutin (played mainly on guitar), and generous helpings of lovely French scenery rolling on by, and you have a truly touching and memorable film that will lift your spirits and, for a brief moment at least, make everything seem right with the world.

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