The Secret of the Grain The Secret of the Grain

The Secret of the Grain

Abdellatif Kechiche

 
The Secret of the Grain (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France
  • 2007
  • 154 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • Arabic, French
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  • Spine #527

The winner of four César 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 portside restaurant specializing in his ex-wife’s couscous and fish, the extended clan’s passions and problems explode, 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.

Credits

DirectorAbdellatif Kechiche
Original scenarioAbdellatif Kechiche
Adaptation and dialogueAbdellatif Kechiche and Ghalya Lacroix
ProducerClaude Berri
Executive producerPierre Grunstein
Associate producerNathalie Rheims
Production and postproduction managerBenoît Pilot
CinematographyLubomir Bakchev
Sound engineerNicolas Waschkowski
Sound mixerJean-Paul Hurier
EditingGhalya Lacroix and Camille Toubkis
Production designBenoît Barouh

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • High-definition digital master, approved by director Abdellatif Kechiche, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • 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 Kechiche and actress Hafsia Herzi
  • Video interviews with Herzi, actress Bouraouïa Marzouk, and the film’s musicians
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Wesley Morris

    New cover by Luba Lukova

Film Essays

The Secret of the Grain: No Secrets

By Wesley MorrisJuly 27, 2010

Americans got The Secret of the Grain. In France, they got La graine et le mulet (The Grain . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

A Criterion Feast

November 21, 2012


Press Notes

Press Notes: The Secret of the Grain

August 09, 2010

Stuart Galbraith eats up Abdellatif Kechiche’s delectable The Secret of the Grain, calling it . . . Read more »


News

Hellman, Kechiche, More Headed to Venice

July 29, 2010

Whenever a major international film festival announces its lineup, we keep our eyes peeled for . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Secret of the Grain: No Secrets

By Wesley MorrisJuly 27, 2010

Americans got The Secret of the Grain. In France, they got La graine et le mulet (The Grain . . . Read more »

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