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The Grocer's Son [DVD]


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  • Actors: Nicolas Cazale, Clotilde Hesme
  • Directors: Eric Guirado
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Ica Films
  • DVD Release Date: 6 July 2009
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00288A1LA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,739 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A warm, bittersweet comedy The Grocer s Son markets the feature debut of acclaimed documentary filmmaker Eric Guirado, and new acting talent Nicolas Cazale. Thirty-year-old Antoine leaves Paris and reluctantly returns to the south of France to look after the family mobile grocery van while his father recovers from a heart attack. He gradually warms to his experience in the hills and his encounters with the villagers and love for the countryside. Evocatively capturing the bucolic beauty of provincial France, this gentle feel-good charmer sparkles with quirky humour and joie de vivre and guarantees to warm hearts with its classic story of a man finally coming of age.

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116 of 119 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Salisbury TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Nov 2009
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Sulky, indifferent, wayward, son Antoine reluctantly agrees to run his sick father's grocery business. Elder son Francois is far too busy trying to make good in his hairdressing salon and feels he's done enough already. Antoine is accompanied to the south of France by a neighbour, Claire, under the pretext that she would find it easier to study in the countryside, rather than in the hustle and bustle of Paris.

Antoine's utter ineptitude and inability to relate to the elderly, rustic clientele prompts Claire to develop an interest in the travelling grocery side of the business. Meanwhile, the story fairly crackles with the dialogue of family dysfunction, batting back and forth between the characters like a mountain thunder storm. Claire is a hapless by-stander as the grocer's wife does her best to retain her dignity, while the men snipe at each other.

By contrast the scenery is stunning, showing the beauty of this mountainous region of France. The aging customers served by The Van are full of life, humour, vigour and eccentricity, and there are many well-observed and humorous moments.

A `will they, won't they' theme develops between Antoine and Claire. It is tantalisingly drawn out across most of the film, adding suspense to the other tensions and frictions between expertly portrayed characters. The inept and gruff male characters are mercilessly harangued and tripped by the female characters in an attempt to make them see sense and change their views of life and relationships. Will it ever dawn on the father and his sons that the reason they have trouble with other people is their own stubborn fault?

A delightful, sweet, compelling drama. You can not fail to be delighted.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 100 REVIEWER on 3 Mar 2012
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Having watched this film yesterday, I would say it goes on 'vibrating' in the mind, and has many good things, although in the end it falls slightly short. I didn't find the main character irritating as some viewers did, and I liked the way the definition of maturing was taken in reverse i.e. a return to the family origins and coming-to-terms with its imperfections and frustrations. Perhaps the landscapes shown were not entirely to my liking - I find them just a little oppressive, but I think this is a quirk of mine, because most people would love the vistas. It's not the rise and fall of the land, but rather the unrelieved green combined with the sense of distances opening up - I think I had been hoping it would be set further south ... nevertheless it does have an undeniable beauty. As does the lead actor, Nicolas Cazale, whose face really holds the eye. I had previously seen him in Le Clan - also about landscapes and faces, but I prefer Cazale's look here. The character is not dissimilar, in a way ... but he has more hair! Clotilde Hesme is also delightful, as she is in Les chansons d'amour and La belle personne (I haven't seen Les amants reguliers). The other character who makes an impression far beyond his screen time is the brother played by Stephan Guerin-Tillie. He manages to convey an amazing depth of feeling in what is a very small role. I would strongly recommend Juste une question d'amour where he conveys the same emotion but more centrally to the film. The locals bring much humour to Eric Guirado's film, and the rhythm is beguiling. I just feel that the family portrait remains too much of a thumbnail sketch, and that as a result the film seems to float a bit in the country air without sufficient focus. The potential romantic feeling between the two main characters adds to this ...Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Consumer A VINE VOICE on 23 Aug 2010
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Unusual and different. Good story which unfolds slowly and gathers pace. Entertaining. Again worth having to see again.Enjoyable for both French and non French speakers
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Joyeuse VINE VOICE on 25 Nov 2009
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I bought this DVD on the strength of the product blurb and other reviews but I have to say I was disappointed. Only in the last ten minutes did it take a rather implausible upturn and then only because it was such a relief that the lead character showed some signs of coming out of full sulk-mode. Except for the mother the family would not have been out of place in an English soap for general unpleasantness and as for the "hero" - he seemed to be prolonging small-boy tantrums and adolescent surliness into early middle age.

The scenery is beautiful and if you want to be reminded of the sunshine in the middle of an English winter it would fill the bill but not if you want a film with characters in whom the milk of human kindness remains uncurdled.

I will watch it again in the hope of finding some redeeming features which were not apparent on first viewing but I have the feeling that the central character will leave me with the same sense of irritation as before.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 16 Mar 2010
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So the sulky Grocer's son, who lives in a "chambre de bun" in the city, reluctantly agrees to help out with the family business in the country whilst his father is ill. I found this film a tiny bit slow but when I relaxed it was quite enjoyable. The views of the countryside are a vast contrast to the postage stamp accomodation of Paris. I have been to parts of the French countryside that looks like this and was able to recognise many of the elderly characters that live in these "abandoned" villages. And yes we too had to run out twice a week when the Grocery van came along! Otherwise we would have had no food. I bought this film and others, not only for the story but because my daughter is doing French A level and needed to watch several French films. She recommends this as easy to follow.
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