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The Secret Of The Grain
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The Secret Of The Grain

2007
Drama
2h 31m
"The Secret of the Grain" follows Slimane, whose growing dissatisfaction with the shipyard job he's had for the last 35 years 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. (yourmovies)
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A film made by a person who loves people. Though none of these characters are perfect, each of them registers as a human being full of contradictions and competing desires. A scene early in the film around the lunch table, as well as the entire sequence at the dinner party stand out. The camera is often uncomfortably close to the characters, creating an intimacy with these people that helps to support the subtle criticisms of France's treatment of immigrants. Excellent film.
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77th
83
Strained analogy time again! This is like a French-Arabic Eat Drink Man Woman filtered through Cassavetes and Loach. The immediacy of the unfussy, documentary-style cinematography really highlights the astoundingly rich and genuine performances. All of the primary characters are perfectly realized, and so are the secondary characters. It did a take a while for the film to suck me in, but once it did, I was really engaged with both the family drama and the subtle commentary on ethnic identity.
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I enjoyed the family dynamics - Slimane's relationship with his ex-wife along with his first children as well as his girlfriend and her daughter. It comes off as sort of a documentary following Slimane and his family, without the cameras presence being known. The film, however, didn't flow well. The ending was just all over the place, all of that buildup of Slimane's interesting life just sputtered to go nowhere fast.
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60
How they eat... Well, simply disgusting.
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The characters are wonderfully fleshed-out and the family dynamics compelling and believable but I still feel some ambivalence towards this very good film because some scenes are way too long and the frustrating ending left me cold. But still highly recommended as a terrific social commentary.
Avg Percentile 68.19% from 288 total ratings
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Written By: Abdellatif_KechicheAbdellatif Kechiche
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 2h 31m
Country: France
AKAs: Couscous, La graine et le mulet

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