My Darling Supermarket

Director: Tali Yankelevich Run Time: 80 min. Rating: Not Rated Language: Portuguese

Grocery store employees, today’s essential workers, get star treatment in My Darling Supermarket (made prior to the pandemic). Set within a bright, colorful supermercado in São Paulo, Brazil, this charming, funny documentary glides through a seemingly endless array of vibrantly designed shelves and displays, but it’s the store’s employees who take center stage. Rodrigo (in bread) discusses quantum physics and parallel universes; Santo (a forklift operator) builds video game cities; a security officer tracks possible shoplifters on closed circuit TVs (“Two suspects near the condensed milk!”); Ivan (a baker) is into Manga cosplay; and then there’s the artist who lovingly paints the prices. A panoply of individuals with fears, hopes, and questions about their place in the universe are celebrated in a quirky portrait that juxtaposes their idiosyncrasies with the assumed mundanity of bringing food to our table.

“In this existentialist delight, whimsical and profound, the mundane gains new enlightenment.” ~Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times

“Intriguingly strange… director Tali Yankelevich applies an experimental flair to her documentary about supermarket workers in Brazil” ~Beatrice Loayza, The New York Times

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