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The Grocer's Son (2007)

Le fils de l'épicier (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 6 June 2008 (USA)
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Antoine moves home to help his mom drive the mobile grocery, when his dad's hospitalized. He brings Claire along, hoping she'll become more than a friend. He drives around Provence's countryside, selling mainly to old people.

Director:

Eric Guirado (as Éric Guirado)

Writers:

Eric Guirado (screenplay) (as Éric Guirado), Florence Vignon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cazalé ... Antoine
Clotilde Hesme ... Claire
Daniel Duval ... Le père
Jeanne Goupil ... La mère
Stéphan Guérin-Tillié Stéphan Guérin-Tillié ... François
Liliane Rovère ... Lucienne
Paul Crauchet ... Le père Clément
Chad Chenouga Chad Chenouga ... Hassan
Ludmila Ruoso Ludmila Ruoso ... Sophie
Benoît Giros Benoît Giros ... Fernand
Gilles Chabrier Gilles Chabrier ... Le chef de rang
Jean-Luc Boucherot Jean-Luc Boucherot ... Le docteur du village
Gilberte Muguet Gilberte Muguet ... La mamie en baskets
Christophe Mirabel Christophe Mirabel ... Le père du petit garçon
Odile Tommy Martin Odile Tommy Martin ... La mamie à L'escargot
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Storyline

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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Drama

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Director Eric Guirado spent time observing actual village merchants as research for the film. See more »

Goofs

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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Dix Points!
19 February 2009 | by StravaigerSee all my reviews

I have just been to see this film at the Glasgow Film Theatre. I had been unaware of the director's reputation as a documentary maker and I have to agree with all the earlier commentators' opinions on the filmmaker's superb feel for scenery. One could almost sense the warmth and the scents of Provence. The actors, both principal and co-opted paysannes (French country people), were natural in their roles: I have overheard the same banter between customers and stall-holders in markets throughout rural France. This film is a treat to watch and I have no hesitation in awarding it "dix points"! My only minor reservation concerns the English sub-titles: some of the wonderful French dialogue looked as if it had been translated by an adolescent. All the same, a great film.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

6 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,587, 8 June 2008

Gross USA:

$264,889

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,095,496
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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