The Grocer's Son: Movie Review
Cast: Nicolas Cazalé, Clotilde Hesme, Daniel Duval, Jeanne Goupil
Director: Eric Guirado
30-year-old Antoine Sforza (Nicolas Cazalé) left his small village ten years
ago to follow the dream of a new life in the big city.
However, when his father has a heart attack, and with no other choices
(either financial or personal) he finds himself drawn back into the parochial
world of the village and thrust back into the family grocery business.
But Antoine is not a fan of life in the country - his attitude on being given
the mobile grocery van and taking the shop on the road, is one of contempt for
those around him.
Will his return to his former life work out?
Or will simmering family tensions finally bubble over and forever destroy the
The Grocer's Son is, at its heart, a retread of the story of the Prodigal
Only this time, it's told with a lot gentler humour - and some truly
stunningly beautiful countryside.
While the characters aren't exactly original (Antoine left his village years
ago tired of the small life, the father is a bit of a tyrant) The Grocer's Son
works because of the gentle subtle way he becomes part of their life.
Granted Antoine's change in attitude is no surprise and can be seen a mile
off - however, his initial interaction with those who rely on his services as
the driver of a grocery delivery van, recall simpler times - I'm sure in some
parts of the world people still buy from these vans and use eggs to trade or
fake deafness when it comes to paying (as some of these characters do) - but bit
by bit that doesn't detract from the overall feeling of this film.
Perfect for a rainy gloomy day, The Grocer's Son will transport you away to
the beauty of Provence and the rolling hills - heck, it may even tempt you to
give up the rat race and start a delivery business of your own.