Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Cast: Habib Boufares, Marzouk Bouraouïa, Faridah Benkhetache, Sabrina Ouazani
Duration: 151 mins
Country of Origin: France
Moderate coarse language, Sexual references
“Beautiful. Captures the rhythms of displacement and hardship, the bond of family meals, and even the daily routines of the magnificent women who are part of Slimane’s life.”
Lisa Schwarzbaum, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
“An entire family chronicle, along with four decades of French social and economic history, is recapitulated as a lavish, hectic dinner, complete with music and belly dancing. It will leave you stunned and sated, having savored an intimate and sumptuous epic of elation and defeat, jealousy and tenderness, life and death, grain and fish.”
A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Rather than observing this family, we feel we are part of it, and that draws us in as nothing else can.”
Kenneth Turan, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
Lauded at the 2007 Venice Film Festival, and winner of multiple awards at the 2008 Cèsars (the French Oscars) including Best Film and Best Direction, Abdellatif Kechiche’s THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN is a touching and resoundingly humanistic story set in the rustic port of Sète in southeastern France.
Slimane has worked in the same shipyard job for over 35 years, when his growing dissatisfaction prompts him to try to open his own restaurant.
His dream seems unbelievable, but his contagious conviction and persistence work their way into the hearts of his loyal but dispersed family; the four children from his first marriage, his ex-wife, current girlfriend and her bright, outspoken daughter, Rym (played to great acclaim by the stunning newcomer Hafsia Herzi).
A grand film about ordinary people, The Secret of the Grain is a deliciously slow-burning drama about fate, food and family.