The Grocer’s Son (Le Fils de L’épicier)(2007)

Rating: ★★★☆☆

The synopsis:

It is summer, and thirty-year-old Antoine is forced to leave the city to return to his family in Provence.  His father is sick, so he must assume the lifestyle he thought he had shed—driving the family grocery cart from hamlet to hamlet, delivering supplies to the few remaining inhabitants.  Accompanied by Claire, a friend from Paris whom he has a secret crush on, Antoine gradually warms up to his experience in the country and his encounters with the villagers, who initially seem stubborn and gruff, but ultimately prove to be funny and endearing.  Ultimately, this surprise French box-office hit is about the coming-of-age of a man re-discovering life and love in the countryside.

Winner of numerous awards. While the French sense of melancholy is present in this drama, it isn’t as overwhelming as it can be in other films.

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