The Secret of the Grain
- Original title
La graine et le mulet
- Running time
- 151 min.
Pathé Renn Productions, Hirsch, France 2 Cinema
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.
: Venice Film Festival: Jury Prize. FIPRESCI Award
: 4 Awards Cesar: Best Movie, Director, Screenplay, Actress revelación (Herzi)
: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
: David di Donatello Awards: Nominated for Best European Union Film
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