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The Secret of the Grain

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Original title
La graine et le mulet
Year
Running time
151 min.
Country
France France
Director
Screenwriter
Abdellatif Kechiche
Cinematography
Lubomir Bakchev
Cast
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Producer
Pathé Renn Productions / Hirsch / France 2 Cinéma
Genre
Drama | Immigration. Family Relationships
Synopsis / Plot
At the port of Sète Mr. Slimani, a tired sixty year old, drags himself towards a shipyard job which has become more and more difficult to cope with as the years go by. He is a divorced father who forces himself to stay close to his family despite the scissions and tensions which are easily sparked off and which financial difficulties make even more intense. He is going through a delicate period in his life and recently, everything seems to make him feel useless; a failure. He wants to escape from it all and set up his own restaurant. However it appears to be an unreachable dream given his meagre, irregular salary which is not anywhere near enough to supply what he needs to realise his ambition. But he can still dream and talk about it with his family in particular. A family which gradually recompacts around this project which comes to symbolise the means to a better life. Thanks to their ingeniousness and hard work this dream soon becomes a reality... Or almost...
Awards
2007: Venice Film Festival: Jury Prize. FIPRESCI Award
2008: 4 Awards Cesar: Best Movie, Director, Screenplay, Actress revelación (Herzi)
2008: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
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