Skip to main content

ALIMENTATION GENERALE

France, 2005 (MIFF 2007, Documentaries)

Director: Chantal Briet

This portrait of a small grocery store in a tenement neighbourhood contends that utopias can be found in the most unlikely of places.

Amid the charmless, crumbling tenement buildings in a suburb of Epinay-sur-Seine, Ali Zebboudj's grocery store is a rare social space, a gathering point for the disenfranchised locals to talk and share stories.

Filmmaker Chantal Briet follows the day-to-day happenings in the store as charismatic shopkeeper and part-time singer Ali talks with the diverse locals in what is a real-life echo of Smoke's neighbourhood tobacco shop.

Briet's compelling vision of Ali's store is as an oasis of community in an urban wasteland, a space that, beyond its ostensible commercial purposes, offers a more fundamental kind of human commerce.

D Chantal Briet P Ludovic Arnal WS Yenta Production L French w/English subtitles TD betaSP/2005/84mins

See also...

9 SQUARE METRES FOR TWO

“There are lots of theories about how to reduce crime but showing 9 Square Meters for Two to youngsters might be a good place to start.” - Variety ... The result of a remarkable experiment, 9 ... More »

TO BE AND TO HAVE

To Be and to Have (in Official Selection at Cannes this year) follows an academic year in the lives of a dozen youngsters, aged 4-10, who are taught every subject, from math to gym, by one dedicated ... More »

L'AIMÉE

“Your past is exploding in your face."Filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin (whose film A Christmas Tale is also showing at MIFF this year) delves deep into his family's history in L'Aimée, an attempt to ... More »

S21, THE KHMER ROUGE KILLING MACHINE

S21, The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (S21, La Machine de mort Khmère Rouge) FranceUnder the barbaric Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, approximately two million people were interrogated, tortured ... More »

NOBLE ART

Noble Art could be a contender to step into the ring with the Muhammad Ali doco When We Were Kings as one of the few boxing documentaries to be of interest to those who usually find the sport a ... More »

LAGERFELD CONFIDENTIAL

Karl Lagerfeld - arguably one of the most influential fashion designers of the last half-century - takes centre stage for this documentary portrait of a fashion icon. Two years in the making, and ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director