LE FILS DE L’ÉPICIER
THE GROCER’S SON


DIRECTOR
Eric Guirado

SCREENPLAY
Eric Guirado & Florence Vignon

CAST
Antoine: Nicolas Cazalé
Claire: Clotilde Hesme
Antoine’s father: Daniel Duval
Antoine’s mother: Jeanne Goupil

GENRE
Drama

DISTRIBUTOR
Film Movement

RUNNING TIME 96’
PRODUCTION France, 2007
RATING Not Rated
GAUGE 35mm, DVD (color)




“A love of unspoiled countryside and its sturdy people suffuses this film, which unfolds with subtlety, humor and affection -- and becomes in the process a pure enchantment.”

Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times


When his father has a sudden heart attack, it’s up to jaded and distant Antoine Sforza, a young man who has distanced himself from his roots, to take over the family business at the age of 30. Leaving behind his dead-end job as a waiter and his tiny apartment in Paris, he grudgingly moves home to Provence, in the south of France, to run a small mobile grocery store. His family’s food truck is integral to the daily shopping of the feisty elderly French neighbors who inhabit the local countryside and emerge from their homes to purchase his vegetables. Although Antoine is curt and surly with his customers (as well as with most of the people he meets), he succeeds in bringing to Provence his favorite aspect of Paris: his beautiful, confident neighbor, Claire, upon whom he harbors a secret crush. Antoine and Claire both move into his mother’s home, where Claire studies for an exam and Antoine slowly begins to get to know the community and himself a little bit better. This subtle, closely-observed film was directed and co-written by Eric Guirado, who has a sharp eye for detail and dialogue.

 

 

 



 
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