Midaq Alley

Directed by Jorge Fons
Film Movement Classics
140 Minutes
Drama, LGBTQIA2S+, Classics, Latin American
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Heated tempers, frustrated desires and dashed hopes plague a diverse group of individuals whose lives cross paths in Mexico City. There is the bar-owner's son, Chava (Juan Manuel Bernal), who yearns to emigrate to America. A poor barber, Abel (Bruno Bichir), is madly in love with the gorgeous Alma (Salma Hayek), who eventually becomes a high-class prostitute. Finally, there is Susanita (Margarita Sanz), the desperate spinster who pursues many love affairs in hopes of finding a husband. Adapted from the novel of the Egyptian Nobel prize winner Naguib Mahfuz.


  • Salma Hayek
  • Maria Rojo
  • Bruno Bichir
  • Ernesto Gomez Cruz
  • Margarita Sanz
Blu-ray Features

Behind the Scenes featurette.
Introduction from Salma Hayek and director Jorge Fons and a new essay by Cinema Tropical founder Carlos Gutiérrez.

Discs: 1

  • Highest Rating
    "One of the best Mexican films since Like Water for Chocolate . . . A vibrant portrait of millennial Mexico City"
    Ed Morales, Village Voice
  • Highest Rating
    "Vet Mexican director Jorge Fons does a superlative job of translation and transformation in “Midaq Alley,” a riveting and well-acted drama based on the novel by Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz. "
    Joe Leydon, Variety
  • Highest Rating
    "Fons' film is an ambitious, absorbing and expertly filmed account of lives made and broken on Midaq Alley."
    Deborah Hornblow, Hartford Courant

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