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.
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.
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.