The Secret of the Grain

The Secret of the Grain

(La graine et le mulet)
Abdellatif Kechiche / F, 2005
French version / Czech and English subtitles, 151 min

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At the port of Sète, Mr. Beiji, a tired sixty year old divorced father, forces himself to stay close to his family despite scissions and tensions which are easily sparked. He is going through a delicate period in his life, in which everything seems to be a failure. He sees an escape from it by setting up his own restaurant. However it appears to be an unreachable dream, given his meagre and irregular salary. But he can still dream and talk about it, with his family in particular. The family gradually reunites around this project, which comes to symbolise the means to a better life. Thanks to their ingeniousness and hard work this dream soon becomes almost a reality.

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