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The Secret of the Grain (Criterion) (2007)

Cast: Habib Boufares, Hafsia Herzi, Alice Houri, more...
Director: Abdel Kechiche
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Middle East, Dysfunctional Families, Criterion Collection
Languages: French, Arabic
Subtitles: English

Synopses
The Secret of the Grain (Criterion) (2007)
The winner of four César awards, including best picture and director, Abdellatif Kechiche's The Secret of the Grain is a stirring drama about the daily joys and struggles of a bustling French-Arab family. It has the texture of a documentary but a classic, almost Shakespearean structure: when patriarch Slimane acts on his wish to open a portside restaurant specializing in his ex-wife's couscous and fish, the extended clan's passions and problems explode, leading to an engrossing, suspenseful climax. With sensitivity and grit, The Secret of the Grain celebrates the role food plays in family life and gets to the core of contemporary immigrant experience.

The Secret of the Grain (Criterion) (Bonus Disc) (2007)
  • High-definition digital master, approved by director Abdellatif Kechiche
  • New video interview with Kechiche
  • Sueur, Kechiche's extended reedit of the climactic belly-dancing sequence, featuring a new video introduction by the director
  • New video interview with film scholar Ludovic Cortade
  • Excerpt from a 20 heures television interview with Kechiche and actress Hafsia Herzi
  • Video interviews with Herzi, actress Bouraouïa Marzouk, and the film's musicians
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation

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