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The Secret of the Grain
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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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Winner of five awards in Venice including the Special Jury Prize, this ambitious domestic epic underlines the importance of food in cross-cultural encounters. Aided by Abdellatif Kechiche’s signature naturalistic dialogue, The Secret of the Grain is a multi-layered portrait of an immigrant family.