aka The Grocer’s Son
Review date: 25-Sept-2009
Le fils de l’épicier (“The Grocer’s Son”) takes the viewer on a beautiful adventure across the French countryside. The main character, Antoine (Nicolas Cazale), ventures back to the small rural town where he grew up when his father becomes ill. The trip home is not so much a pleasant one however, as we see signs of some tension between the family. To spice things up, Antoine’s beautiful neighbor Claire (Clotilde Hesme) comes along for the ride to get some fresh air while studying to get into college.
The film has some truly gorgeous scenes that make this reviewer desperately want to visit France. The rolling hills, endless fields, and small town charm make this film welcoming and a pleasure to the senses. Writer and director Eric Guirado has done a brilliant job showing the emotions and feelings of the characters while retaining an artful vibe throughout. The acting performances are nothing short of superb. The elderly characters in the village provide us comic relief while also giving our hero (and the viewers) a better outlook on life.
The film can be slow at times, particularly during the more arty scenes, however the visual elements make up for the lack of dialog and excitement while adding to the overall mood. The movie reminds us about the little things in life, like family, love, health, and simplicity. The story is heartwarming, and the ending is surely a pleasant one. Overall an excellent experience – and on a personal note this movie has prompted me to look into more French films if “The Grocer’s Son” is any indicator of what the gorgeous country has to offer cinematically speaking.
Rating: 6 out of 7