This Saturday, May 30, The Grocer’s Son screens at the Katharine Cornell Theatre at 8 p.m. This 2008 film from France, starring Nicolas Cazale as Antoine, retells the fable of the prodigal son with modern updates. The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society’s Richard Paradise summarizes, “Antoine reluctantly returns to his rural hometown after 10 years in the big city when his father (Daniel Duval) has a heart attack. Someone has to run the family’s grocery store while his father recovers, and Antoine’s unhappily married older brother, Francois (Stephan Guerin-Tillie), who stayed by their parents when Antoine fled, insists the time has come for Antoine to shoulder some responsibility. While their mother (Jeanne Goupil) has minded the store, their father has operated a van selling produce and staples to the area’s mostly elderly inhabitants. This small gem of a film, a surprise hit in France, is the second feature directed by Eric Guirado, who prepared for it by filming portraits of traveling tradesmen in southern and central France.”
Doors open 30 minutes prior to screening. Tickets are $8, or $5 for film society members. For details, visit mvfilmsociety.com or call 774-392-2972.