At the end of a long hard day, I felt the need to see this film for 1-2 mins before going to sleep to become familiar with its atmosphere. I thought this way the film's feel will stay fresh in my mind till the next day when I would see it. Well, 1 minute passed and time flew away: film's finished and the only thing that I want to do is to read and talk about it. It's simple; It's poignant and it needs to be seen.
This film could be put the in the other pan on a scale where Eat Drink Man Woman would be balanced with. Here family is something that thrives in a loud and euphoric way, and its hard to tell where it ends. In Ang Lee's work it is fading, reduced to a ritual, and 3 people. And in "Eat Drink..." the opulance of meal after meal is in contrast to Kechiche's narrative, where it's all about one very special Couscous meal.
Captivating family drama about, loyalty, heart and the difficulty in defining identity for 1st and 2nd generation immigrants: all done over the great leveller..the grain (couscous). The only problem I had with this film was the extremely laboured last 30 minutes in which we could already guess what was going to happen. 3 Stars