|The Grocer's Son|
|French||Le Fils de l'épicier|
|Directed by||Éric Guirado|
|Screenplay by||Éric Guirado|
|Produced by||Miléna Poylo |
|Starring|| Nicolas Cazalé |
|Edited by||Pierre Haberer|
|Music by||Christophe Boutin|
|Budget||$1.5 million |
|Box office||$5.1 million |
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.  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. 
The film received good reviews from several noted critics writing in English.    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." 
Nicolas Cazale was nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor (the French Academy Award) for his performance as the Grocer's son.
The Grocer's Son was released as a region 1 DVD in 2009 with English subtitles.   A region 2 DVD was also released in 2009.  
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... a small gem of a film.
... 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.
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.