Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Secret of the Grain (La graine et le mulet) (2007)

Director: Abdel Kechiche. Cast: Habib Boufares, Hafsia Herzi. 151 min. Unrated. France. Drama.

Not only a food movie, but the only movie you'll see surrounding couscous, as the story's MacGuffin. The life of an old hard-but-aimlessly-working Arab in France spirals into oblivion, while a mother/daughter of his community use every trick in the book to keep their heads above the water. Patience is required to blend in with these people, to sit at their table, to enjoy their life. Regardless whether you like or dislike the final act, as the daughter makes an honest (but predictable) effort to literally keep up the show, I guarantee the ending will be etched in your mind.

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