Le fils de l'épicier (The Grocer's Son)
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Le fils de l'épicier (The Grocer's Son)
Quand Tu Descendras du Ciel director Eric Guirado follows up his feature filmmaking debut with this drama about a grocer's son who returns to the village where he was born in order to take over his father's business. Ten years ago, Antione (Nicolas Cazalé) left his family behind and moved to the big city. Now, after discovering that his father (Daniel Duval) has suffered a heart attack and that the family grocery store will soon be forced to shut down, Antoine heads back to the French mountain town at the behest of his brother François (Stéphan Guérin-Tillié). It seems that few folks… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

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"It's a small, well-rounded movie that you'd be hard pressed to find fault with, achieving its modest goals with subtle aplomb while whipping up humour and empathy from Antoine's rapport with his doddery clientele."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"A film that sticks close to its characters and plays fair with them throughout."
‑ Mike Mayo, Washington Post
"Written and directed by a newcomer, Eric Guirado, this is a delightful coming-of-age film that quietly explores the hidden tensions in family life."
‑ Cosmo Landesman, Times [UK]
"Writer/director Eric Guirado lets events unfold at their own relaxed pace, and has a feel for simmering family resentments, while the wonderful Clotilde Hesme is effortlessly charming in the role of the free-spirited best friend."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"This is a sweet and engaging little film, and though it becomes more contrived and sugary as the story progresses, there is real charm."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"For all of its sleepy charms and pretty shots of the countryside, the film doesn't serve up a lot of fresh insights, unless you count finding out what senior citizens buy from grocery vans in these little hamlets."
‑ Monica Eng, Chicago Tribune
"The Grocer's Son offers a nicely observed portrait of a man in search of himself, finding his purpose, and finding that, in fact, it is possible to go home again."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The landscape with Mont Sainte-Victoire regularly in view is seductively beautiful."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"A little predictable in places, but explores family relationships with pathos and perception."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"In its slow-moving, at times uncomfortable way, this is a heartwarming film."
‑ Karl French, Financial Times
"Eric Guirado's lovely French drama The Grocer's Son is about that moment in a young person's life when he realizes that he is, despite all efforts to the contrary, a grown-up."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The quiet, patient soulfulness of the film, which Guirado co-wrote with Florence Vignon, lingers."
‑ Steven Winn, San Francisco Chronicle
"A warm-hearted tribute to a disappearing way of life, the unhurried Grocer's Son is a well acted film where the journey is more important than the final destination."
‑ Tom Dawson, Film4
"This is a slow-burning charmer of a film that rewards those prepared to settle into its easygoing pace."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"Unfolding amid the dappled sunshine and dusty roads of Provence, this is a film that lifts your spirits."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
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