The Grocer's Son, the Mayor, the Village and the World (2020)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 50m

It’s film festival season in the picturesque French village of Lussas, where farming and filmmaking drive commerce and culture. Tënk, a startup subscription-based digital platform, hopes to usher in a new wave of documentary viewing. The mastermind behind the Tënk platform is film aficionado Jean-Marie Barbe, who has taken up operations in what used to be his family’s grocery store. The initiative is a labor of love for the passionate and optimistic Barbe and his team. Simon, the 2017 True Vision honoree, delivers a condensed spinoff of her nine-hour opus, The Village, in this even more exhilarating pilgrimage to the small-scale utopia of Lussas. Ask yourself: Does this radiant statement about small towns and the beauty of imagining an alternative way of life feel familiar? (AG) [Teleported T/F]


Claire Simon