The Secret of the Grain

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Release Date: October 3, 2008 (limited)

On DVD/VOD: January 6, 2009

2h 31m | Drama


At 61, a weary Slimane (Habib Boufares) is let go from the shipyard where he's toiled for 35 years. He's divorced from his wife (Bouraouia Marzouk) and lives in a hotel run by his lover Latifa (Hatika Karaoui). Slimane tries to stay close to his grown children and their extended families. But the only person who seems to understand him is Latifa's teenage daughter Rym.

It's with Rym's help that Slimane decides to use his severance pay to buy a decrepit boat and turn it into a restaurant. Latifa isn't too pleased, given that he plans to serve food cooked by his ex-wife—in particular, her fish couscous.

But now Slimane is on his way to making his dream come true. Well, almost.

In French with English subtitles.

Director: Abdel Kechiche
Studio: Pathé Distribution
Producer(s): Claude Berri
Cast: Habib Boufares, Hafsia Herzi, Farida Benkhetache, Abdelhamid Aktouche, Bouraouïa Marzouk, Alice Houri
Writer(s): Abdellatif Kechiche

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