The Secret of the Grain

The Secret of the Grain (France, 2007, 148 mins.): Roger Ebert describes The Secret of the Grain (La graine et le mulet) as a film that "never slows, always engages, may continue too long, but ends too soon. It is made of life itself," while A.O. Scott of The New York Times describes its richness as lying "in the close, tireless, enthusiastic attention it pays to the most mundane daily tasks, especially those involving food." The Secret of the Grain is about Slimane, a Tunisian immigrant, who leaves the French port town of Séte after 35 years of shipyard work to pursue an unimaginable dream: opening a couscous restaurant. The only way this dream can take hold relies on Slimane's mistress, his ambitious daughter, his ex-wife, and Souad, his prime couscous cook. Winning a handful of awards from both the César Awards and the Venice Film Festival, The Secret of the Grain emphasizes what is often needed for many dreams to come true: family.

Synopsis by Jerrod Griebel