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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 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 ... See full summary »

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Eric Guirado (as Éric Guirado)

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Eric Guirado (screenplay) (as Éric Guirado), Florence Vignon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 village
Gilberte Muguet Gilberte Muguet ... Mamie baskets
Christophe Mirabel Christophe Mirabel ... Père petit garçon
Odile Tommy Martin Odile Tommy Martin ... Mamie escargot
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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, 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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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

6 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Grocer's Son See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,587, 8 June 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$276,454, 14 December 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Director Eric Guirado spent time observing actual village merchants as research for the film. See more »

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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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In a nutshell
17 November 2009 | by carlyvoSee all my reviews

All French movies are either about sex or sons reconnecting with their fathers. This one is mostly about the latter.

The powers-that-IMD-be demand eight more lines of text.

It's a charming movie well-described in these other reviews. The plot, simple as it is, is contrived. But you won't mind. The acting is lovely, as are the actors. They're charming. The countryside is charming. The grocery truck is charming. Even the little grocery items-sausages on strings and juniper pate- are charming. It made me nostalgic for the summer jobs of my youth. France's answer to "Adventureland."


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