The Secret of the Grain

The Secret of the Grain

Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche • 2007 • France

The winner of four César awards, including best picture and director, Abdellatif Kechiche's THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN is a stirring drama about the daily joys and struggles of a bustling French-Arab family. It has the texture of a documentary but a classic, almost Shakespearean structure: when patriarch Slimane acts on his wish to open a portside restaurant specializing in his ex-wife's couscous and fish, the extended clan's passions and problems explode, leading to an engrossing, suspenseful climax. With sensitivity and grit, THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN celebrates the role food plays in family life and gets to the core of contemporary immigrant experience.

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The Secret of the Grain
  • The Secret of the Grain

    Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche • 2007 • France

    The winner of four César awards, including best picture and director, Abdellatif Kechiche's THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN is a stirring drama about the daily joys and struggles of a bustling French-Arab family. It has the texture of a documentary but a...

Extras

  • Abdellatif Kechiche on THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN

    The following interview with director Abdellatif Kechiche was conducted in March 2010.

  • Abdellatif Kechiche on SUEUR

  • Sueur

    This 45-minute featurette is director Abdellatif Kechiche’s reedit of Rym’s belly-dancing sequence in THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN, a 2010 visual and aural interpretation of the film’s passionate climax.

  • “20 heures”: Abdellatif Kechiche

    This excerpt from an episode of the television series “20 heures” features interviews with director Abdellatif Kechiche, actress Hafsia Herzi, and residents of Sete, the location for THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN, as they celebrate the film’s awards at the 2008 Cesars. Directed by Vincent Vedel and Dan...

  • Ludovic Cortade on THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN

    In this 2010 interview, French film scholar Ludovic Cortade, author of “Le cinéma de l’immobilité,” discusses the themes and style of THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN.

  • Hafsia Herzi on THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN

    In this 2010 interview, actress Hafsia Herzi, who plays Rym, discusses the making of THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN.

  • Bouraouïa Marzouk on THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN

    This 2010 interview features actress Bouraouïa Marzouk, who plays Souad in THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN.

  • Musicians of THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN

    In this 2010 video portrait, the musicians from THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN discuss their integral role in the film.