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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

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.
Great Characters, 17 December 2008
Author: Neil Turner from Annapolis, Maryland

Talk about your dysfunctional families! The grocer's family gets the five-star award. Antoine is the subject of the film. He left home as a youth and has been pretty much disowned by his father who wanted him to stay in their small village and help him run his grocery. Antoine has not fared well as an adult. He has no work ethic whatsoever and bounces about from one dead end job to the next.

It appears his only accomplishment as an adult is to have made a very good friend of a young woman named Claire. She entered a bad marriage early in life, got divorced, and is now working to be accepted to an academy in Spain. Now she has a work ethic as she labors all day and studies late into the night in her quest for higher education.

The father is hospitalized, and Antoine begrudgingly visits after an estrangement of almost ten years. Antoine's brother, François is there and appears to have the same animosity for his brother as expressed by the father. François owns a hair salon and appears to be the picture of the successful family man.

Antoine wants nothing to do with his family, but his mother begs him to come and run the family business while his father is ill. Antoine strikes a bargain with his mother that includes the opportunity for Claire to quit her job and allow her to devote full time to her studies, so she and Antoine move in above the store with his mother. The first surprise that comes to his mother is that Antoine and Claire do not share a room and that their relationship is platonic. Antoine's mother views this as an interesting insight into her son who, apparently, has always been incredibly self-centered.

While the mother tends the store, it is Antoine's job to drive a large van equipped as a mini store to the neighboring villages. Most of the customers are elderly and have had long standing arrangements with the father as to payment, etc. Antoine proceeds to alienate just about everyone on the route with his rudeness and unwillingness to comply with the customs established by his father. Claire saves the day when she starts traveling the route with Antoine as she is friendly and compassionate. He learns from Claire and soon becomes more flexible and affable.

Events occur, precipitated by Antoine's selfishness, that cause Claire to return to the city, and Antoine is left there with his mother to carry on as agreed. When Antoine's father returns from the hospital, he is still not able to go back to work. Once the father arrives, we get more insight as to why Antoine is so damaged.

This film has superior acting, interesting characters, and beautiful scenery, but it often comes off as somewhat disjointed. I'm not sure if this is due to a weakness in script or editing, but there are, at times, actions that take place that make little sense considering the storyline. None-the-less, it is a good story with charming, insightful characters that creates a positive viewing experience.

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