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Another classic film. Ted Baryluk’s Grocery is a beautiful short film, made in 1982 by John Paskievich and Mike Mirus for the National Film board. It is an absolute gem. It depicts honest, unvarnished truths of life in a Point Douglas grocery store and is both poignant and haunting. Warning: the politically correct may find much to complain about in this film, especially those who are running out to purchase the cleaned up version of Mark Twain’s work.
The film features Ted talking about his store, the changing neighbourhood, and his hope that his daughter may take over the store after he has gone, even though she wants to move away. The work received numerous awards including a Genie Award in Toronto, and was chosen to represent Canada at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival.
Bravo to the NFB for making these films available for us to enjoy with the click of a mouse.
A background article on the film, by Lois Siegel, was published in Cinema Canada in May, 1982. Click here to read it.
Filmmaker/photographer, John Paskievich, has published his work in a coffee table book: The North End.