The Secret of the Grain (La Graine et le mulet)
This film tells the story of Slimane, a sixty-something North African immigrant who has just been laid off after a lifetime's toil at a shipyard in the French Mediterranean port of Sète. Against considerable odds, Slimane determines to realise his long-held dream of opening a couscous restaurant, but to do so must rally the support of his extended family including his ex-wife, children, mistress and her hot-headed daughter. Eventually the make-or-break opening night arrives and the scene is set for a dramatic and nail-bitingly tense finalé.
Cast: Bouraou a Marzouk, Hafsia Herzi, Abdelhamid Aktouche, Farida Benkhetache, Habib Boufares
Directed by: Abdel Kechiche
Written by: Abdel Kechiche
Running time: 2hr 31min
Opens: Dec 24, 2008 NY
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