Criterion Collection: Secret Of The Grain

Criterion Collection: Secret Of The Grain

Director: Abdel Kechiche

Cast: Abdel Kechiche, Habib Boufares, Hafsia Herzi, Farida Benkhetache

     
 

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Though it is seldom discussed (or acknowledged) in the West, modern-day France incorporates a substantial number of immigrant communities, with many indigenes from North Africa populating the bucolic regions of southern Gaul. Abdel Kechiche's La Graine et le Mulet hones in on one such community, located on the ocean, which exudesSee more details below

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Overview

Though it is seldom discussed (or acknowledged) in the West, modern-day France incorporates a substantial number of immigrant communities, with many indigenes from North Africa populating the bucolic regions of southern Gaul. Abdel Kechiche's La Graine et le Mulet hones in on one such community, located on the ocean, which exudes a laid-back, unforced rhythm and a slower pace of life for all of its residents. For many years, one such occupant, sexagenarian Slimane Beiji (Habib Boufares), has nurtured a single lifelong dream: to open up his own couscous and fish restaurant in the community. This dream appears ever more impossible when Slimane is promptly laid off, but he soon lands on the idea of occupying a wrecked boat and converting it into the restaurant. Meanwhile, the gentleman has recently divorced his wife, Souad (Bouraouia Marzouk), and has moved into a hotel owned by his lover, Latifa (Hatika Karaoui), but Slimane's extended family continues to meet at Souad's home on a weekly basis for her beloved fish couscous, where they expostulate their views on life and reflect on the state of their relationships with one another. In a tangentially related subplot, Slimane's oldest son, Hamid (Abdelhamid Aktouche), enjoys an extramarital affair, ignoring his nuptials with his Russian wife and the presence of his infant boy, and thus endangering the sanctity and happiness of his family.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/2010
UPC:
0715515057813
Original Release:
2007
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:34:00
Sales rank:
15,325

Special Features

Disc two:; New video interview with Kechiche; Sueur, Kechiche's extended reedit of the climactic belly-dancing; sequence, featuring a new video introduction by the director; New video interview with film scholar Ludovic Cortade; Excerpt from a 20 heures television interview with Kehiche and actress Hafsia Herzi; Video interviews with Herzi, actress Bouraouïa Marzouk, and the film's musicians; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Habib Boufares Slimane Beiji
Hafsia Herzi Rym
Farida Benkhetache Karima
Abdelhamid Aktouche Hamid
Bouraouia Marzouk Souad
Alice Houri Julia
Cyril Favre Actor
Leïla D'issernio Actor
Abdelkader Djeloulli Actor
Bruno Lochet Actor
Olivier Loustau Actor
Sami Zitouni Actor
Sabrina Quazani Actor

Technical Credits
Abdel Kechiche Director,Original Story
Lubomir Bakchev Cinematographer
Benoit Barouh Production Designer
Claude Berri Producer
Pierre Grunstein Producer
Ghalia Lacroix Editor
Nathalie Rheims Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Secret of the Grain
1. Secret Affair [3:53]
2. Off Schedule [4:49]
3. No More Work [2:43]
4. The Ex [1:53]
5. Responsibilities [8:13]
6. In Exile [7:33]
7. A Family Day [8:17]
8. Stronger Than Love [10:28]
9. Unwanted Advice [4:13]
10. Caged [4:19]
11. The Project [2:13]
12. Bureaucracy [12:14]
13. Working Hard [4:03]
14. A Betrayal [3:10]
15. Ain [4:35]
16. For the Children [4:42]
17. Opening [2:56]
18. Selfishness [4:50]
19. Veiled Talk [7:25]
20. Missing [6:33]
21. Stalling Tactics [10:23]
22. Out of the Family [7:18]
23. More Problems [7:11]
24. Averting Disaster [4:41]
25. Ichra [9:50]

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