The Grocer’s Son (Le fils d’épicier)
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Many reviews of The Grocer’s Son describe a coming-of-age film: a thirty-something man discovers himself when he goes back to his roots in the country, helping his mother run the family business while his father is sick (and, of course, there’s a love interest). Those reviews do the movie a great disservice by glossing over some of the foundational themes, which happen to be fairly unpleasant.

The movie works as a character study of a thirty-something man who is coming to terms with his father’s abusive nature, especially regarding his marriage and gender equity. He struggles to distance himself from his father in hopes to become the opposite. The main character faces his own prejudices, eventually coming to terms with them and the similarities to his father. I thought it was an honest and realistic portrayal of a young man’s self-reflective reconciliation with his family and self.