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The Secret of the Grain (2007)The Secret of the Grain (2007)

The Secret of the Grain (2007)

The saga of one immigrant's life in Southern France

Drama

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THE VERY BEST

8.5

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France
Arabic, French, Russian
Slice-of-Life, Slow, Sunday
2007
Abdellatif Kechiche
Alice Houri, Benaïssa Ahaouari, Bruno Lochet
151 min

Synopsis

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In southern France, a Franco-Arabic shipyard worker along with his partner's daughter pursues his dream of opening a restaurant.

Our Take

8.5
The Staff

The Secret of the Grain is a saga of the immigrant experience and a packed 151 minutes of diverse storylines and themes that could have each been a film on their own. 

Slimane Beiji is a Tunisian immigrant in the French port city of Sète. His large family consists of two units: his ex-wife Souad, with whom he has many children, and his current partner Latifa who own a run-down hotel where Slimani lives. Slimani gets fired from his shipyard job and is pushed by the children from his first marriage to return to Tunisia, where he can lead a quiet life. But Rym, his current partner’s daughter, convinces him that he can still be happy in France if he pursues his dream: to open a restaurant on a boat he owns that would serve his ex-wife’s unique couscous with fish recipe. Slimani chooses to rekindle his immigrant dream.

It’s a beautiful and rich slice-of-life film about immigrant life in Southern France. Slimani’s charachter is based on the filmmaker’s father. 

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