The Grocer's Son

The Grocer's Son

The Grocer's Son

French coming-of-age drama about Antoine (Nicolas Cazalé), a thirty-year-old prodigal son who left his home village in Provence to start a new life in the big city. Now with his father sick, he returns to assume the lifestyle he thought he had shed - driving the family grocery cart from hamlet to hamlet, delivering supplies to the few remaining inhabitants.

The rolling French countryside, the prickly but resilient locals and the company of Claire (Clotilde Hesme), a friend he's got his eye on who came with him from Paris, makes the disillusioned Antoine re-assess his own directionless life.

200796 minsFranceFrench with English subtitles
Drama

The Grocer's Son / Reviews

Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

The characters around the village and the glorious, understated countryside, all form a backdrop to the film's unassuming yet haunting story.

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Total Film

Total Film

Has a feel for simmering family resentments, while the wonderful Clotilde Hesme is effortlessly charming in the role of the free-spirited best friend.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

A triumphant accumulation of such quirky, perfectly observed details.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

The film was directed and co-written by Eric Guirado, who reportedly followed and observed country grocers on their routes. He works gently. The summer unfolds slowly. Claire goes back to Paris. The father arrives from Paris. The countryside is calm and seductive.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Slightly forced but mostly charming French story of a young man coming to terms with his family's past.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A little predictable in places, but explores family relationships with pathos and perception.

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