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The Secret of the Grain

La graine et le mulet

Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche
France, 2007
  • French
  • English


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.

Our take

Before the Palme d’Or, Abedellatif Kechiche took home his second César Award for this ambitious domestic epic. Chronicling the day-to-day life of a French-Arab family and their attempt to open a restaurant, The Secret of the Grain is sensitively told and outstandingly acted.

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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

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