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1,154 Ratings

The Secret of the Grain

La graine et le mulet

Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche
France, 2007


When Slimane Beiji, divorced, in his sixties, and of Algerian origins, is made redundant after working for years on a shipping wharf, he acts on his wish to open a portside restaurant. Abdellatif Kechiche’s stirring drama deals with the daily joys and struggles of a bustling French-Arab family.

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The Secret of the Grain Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2007 | 3 wins including: Marcello Mastroianni Award

2007 | Honorable Mention: SIGNIS Award

Independent Spirit Awards

2009 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

Critics reviews

Two films [Feast of the Epiphany and The Secret of the Grain], which speak in singular ways to documentary forms and aesthetics, explore how food embodies the human condition of feeling simultaneously alive and mortal.
December 28, 2018
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