The Grocer's Son

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The Grocer's Son
French Le Fils de l'épicier
Directed by Éric Guirado
Screenplay byÉric Guirado
Florence Vignon  [ fr ]
Produced byMiléna Poylo
Gilles Sacuto
Starring Nicolas Cazalé
Clotilde Hesme
Cinematography Laurent Brunet
Edited by Pierre Haberer
Music by Christophe Boutin
TS Production
Rhône-Alpes Cinéma
Release dates
  • August 15, 2007 (2007-08-15)(FR)
  • June 28, 2008 (2008-06-28)(US)
Running time
96 minutes
Budget$1.5 million [1]
Box office$5.1 million [2]

The Grocer's Son (French : Le Fils de l'épicier) is a 2007 French drama film about a family that runs a grocery business in Provence, France; the business includes a single truck that travels the countryside making deliveries to customers. The director, Éric Guirado, had previously made television documentaries about traveling grocers in rural France. The film, released in France as Le Fils de l'épicier, was first presented as part of the 2007 Namur Francophone Film Festival. [3] It was sufficiently successful that in 2008 subtitled versions were released internationally.



It concerns Antoine (played by Nicolas Cazalé), who must leave Lyon to help his mother (Jeanne Goupil) who runs the family grocery store in a village in Southern France. His father (Daniel Duval), stricken with a heart attack, can no longer drive the grocery truck that supplies the isolated hamlets around the village. Antoine discovers the charm of these people, "bons vivants" (good living) ways and gradually comes to love his eccentric customers and finds the country of his childhood. He also discovers the joy of living and perhaps the joy of love with Claire (played by Clotilde Hesme).

The film uses the beautiful landscape of Mont Sainte-Victoire as a regular backdrop. [4]


Other credits


The film received good reviews from several noted critics writing in English. [4] [5] [6] Roger Ebert wrote, "The summer unfolds slowly. Claire goes back to Paris. The father arrives from Paris. The countryside is calm and seductive. The mother soldiers on, keeping the store open late "to help people." And Antoine comes of age. That's all the film is, apart from having humor, warmth, kindness, insight and scenery. That's enough." [5]

Nicolas Cazale was nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor (the French Academy Award) for his performance as the Grocer's son.

Home media

The Grocer's Son was released as a region 1 DVD in 2009 with English subtitles. [7] [8] A region 2 DVD was also released in 2009. [9] [10]

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  4. 1 2 French, Philip (April 25, 2009). "The Grocer's Son". The Guardian.
  5. 1 2 Ebert, Roger (August 26, 2008). "The Grocer's Son". Ebert's statement that the city of the film is Paris is likely incorrect; the city where Antoine and Claire are living at the film's start is Lyon.
  6. Holden, Stephen (June 6, 2008). "Fresh Produce for Ratatouille, Please, but No Attitude". The New York Times. ... a small gem of a film.
  7. The Grocer's Son (DVD (region 1)). Film Movement. January 6, 2009. OCLC   660165238.
  8. Johans, Jen (January 7, 2009). "Film Movement DVD Review: The Grocer's Son". Film Intuition. ... a stunning DVD transfer that's enhanced for widescreen televisions with its 16x9 display and complete with Film Movement's collectible packaging containing a personal note as to their reasons for its selection in their prestigious DVD-of-the-Month series as well as excerpts from an interview with the director. Additionally, the Region 1 DVD also boasts a compelling and incredibly timely short film from American director Eric Escobar.
  9. The Grocer's Son (DVD (region 2)). ICA. 2009. OCLC   449244651.
  10. Megahey, Noel (2009). "The Grocer's Son". The Digital Fix. The film is presented anamorphically at 1.85:1 and, considering the film was shot it on 16mm, it looks great here. Not ultra-clear and sharp evidently, but fine nonetheless, with reasonable shadow detail, good colours and a stable transfer. The DD 2.0 audio is clear and has a good depth of tone, particularly on the music score. English subtitles are even optional.