THE GROCER'S SON

Directed by Eric Guirado
  • YEAR 6 - FILM 7 / 
  • France / 
  • 2007 / 
  • French with English subtitles / 
  • 96 min
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"Like taking a vacation to the French countryside and meeting people there of whom you grow extraordinarily fond, The Grocer's Son is an unalloyed pleasure, start to finish."
– Green Cine Daily

Synopsis

It is summer, and 30-year-old Antoine is forced to leave the city to return to his family in Provençe. His father is sick, so he must assume the lifestyle he thought he had shed—driving the family grocery cart from hamlet to hamlet, delivering supplies to the few remaining inhabitants. Accompanied by Claire, a friend from Paris whom he has a secret crush on, Antoine gradually warms up to his experience in the country and his encounters with the villagers, who initially seem stubborn and gruff, but ultimately prove to be funny and endearing. This surprise French box-office hit is about the coming-of-age of a man re-discovering life and love in the countryside.

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Editorial Reviews

"TRIUMPHANT! [A] GEM OF A FILM."

--Stephen Holden, The New York Times - Review

"GRACEFUL.  INFLECTED WITH IMMENSE EMOTION."

--Michelle Orange, The Village Voice - Review

"CAPTIVATING...INTOXICATING.  THIS VALENTINE TO COUNTRY LIFE IS...THAT PROVERBIAL GEM THAT ART-HOUSE FANS SHOULD DISCOVER AND SAVOR."

--Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International - Review

"THE GROCER'S SON IS AN UNALLOYED PLEASURE, START TO FINISH."

--Jim Van Maanen, Green Cine - Review

"A HEARTFELT TALE [WITH] SUBTLE MOMENTS OF INSIGHT RARELY CAPTURED IN MOVIES."

--Prairie Miller, News Blaze - Review

"SEDUCTIVE...IRRESISTIBLE...REMARKABLE THROUGHOUT."

--Ronnie Scheib, Variety - Review

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Customer Reviews


S.A. - Customer Review
A sublime meditation on nature, family and love. Beautiful...


Jeff in Seattle - Customer Review
The Grocer's Son is a nice, light viewing pleasure. However, the plot is certainly not original. I have seen other films that shows an individual from the city discovering (or re-discovering) the richness and meaningfulness of countryside living. The twist is a travelling grocery store providing easy access to an elderly population. The acting is wonderful, and the athmosphere of the film is charming.


Jay - Customer Review
The Grocer's Son is a great light hearted film. The characters ineract and seamlessly and draw you in to the story. The backdrop of the countryside is a nice addition that only brings warmth to the story, and is in a sense one of the film's most valuable assets. There is enough conflict and drama to balance the subtle comical dialogue. If you enjoy indie movies, The Grocer's Son will be smile inducing!

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Antoine (Nicolas Cazalé) and Claire (Clotilde Hesme)
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Claire (Clotilde Hesme) and Antoine (Nicolas Cazalé) on the road
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Antoine (Nicolas Cazalé) in front of the grocery van
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Antoine (Nicolas Cazalé) behind the curtain
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Hassan (Chad Chenouga), Antoine (Nicolas Cazalé) and Claire (Clotilde Hesme)
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Claire (Clotilde Hesme)
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Director Eric Guirado
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The Grocer's Son - Poster