director Éric Guirado
Recommended to me almost a decade ago by a fracophile friend of mine, The Grocer’s Son sat in my film queue ever since. Frankly, I hardly knew anything else about it.
Now my son is starting French and struggling with it. So, I pulled up a couple of French films on Fandor and let him choose one. Listening to French doesn’t necessarily aid your acquisition intensely, but it certainly doesn’t hurt it.
The Grocer’s Son is a light family dramedy, set in the rural region outside Lyon. A semi-estranged son returns to his small village after his father suffers a heart attack, and he must help the family’s small grocery business. The business actually involves driving a truck around the rural area, taking the shop to the elderly folks that live there. Throw in a romantic interest and go.
It’s a sweet film and the setting is gorgeous. Éric Guirado, who directed it, had mostly done documentaries before this.
Une fine pellicule.