Criterion Collection: Secret of the Grain (Region A Blu-ray)

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Winner of four CTsar 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 port-side restaurant specializing in his ex-wife's fish couscous, the extended clan's passions and problems explode in riveting drama, 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.

Product Details

Barcode
715515063111
Department
Movies & TV
Released
27 Jul 2010
Type
Movies
Format
Blu-ray
Genre
Foreign Language
Sub-genre
Drama
Region
Region A
Studio
Criterion
Runtime
154 min
Age Restriction
UN
Supply Source
USA

Movie

Title
Secret of the Grain
Release Year
2008
Running Time
151 min
Language
English
Alternate Title
Graine et le Mulet
Categories
Dramas / Family (General) / Family Relations / France / Seniors / Theatrical Release
Synopsis
A North African immigrant, Slimane (Habib Boufares), has put in a long life of labor in a French port town. Now, with the support of his splintered family, he endeavors to realize his dream of opening a restaurant. SECRET OF THE GRAIN's delicately paced drama unfolds a detailed canvas of immigrant life and struggles.
Release Notes
DVD Features:
  • Region 1
Note: 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 Bouraou├»a Marzouk, and the film's musicians
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Special Edition
  • Widescreen - 1.85
Audio:
  • Arabic, French
  • Subtitles - English
Poster
Poster for Secret of the Grain
Cast & Crew
Director
Abdel Kechiche
Star
Abdelhamid Aktouche / Faridah Benkhetache / Habib Boufares / Cyril Favre / Hafsia Herzi / Alice Houri / Bouraouia Marzouk
Producer
Claude Berri
Director of Photography
Lubomir Bakchev
Adaptation
Abdel Kechiche / Ghalya Lacroix
Dialogue
Abdel Kechiche / Ghalya Lacroix
Screenplay
Abdel Kechiche
Movie Critics
Box Office
4 stars out of 5 -- "Kechiche elicits marvelous performances from his cast...and he establishes a rhythm ideally suited to presenting a complex, even messy, vision of everyday domestic conflict..."
John P. McCarthy (1 Jan 2009, p.48)
Chicago Sun-Times
"THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN never slows, always engages....It is made of life itself."
Roger Ebert (21 Jan 2009, )
Entertainment Weekly
"[A] beautiful film, which captures the rhythms of displacement and hardship, the bond of family meals, and even the daily routines of the magnificent women who are part of Slimane's life." -- Grade: A
Lisa Schwarzbaum (16 Jan 2009, )
Los Angeles Times
"Intense and realistic, equally involved with personal stories and social issues, it takes us inside a slice of France we rarely see and makes our time there hard to shake off."
Kenneth Turan (30 Jan 2009, )
New York Times
"The richness of THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN lies in the close, tireless, enthusiastic attention it pays to the most mundane daily tasks, especially those involving food."
A. O. Scott (26 Dec 2008, )
Washington Post
"THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN is mostly ambiance, at once intimate and austere....Quietly arranged tensions build to a simmer."
(6 Feb 2009, )