Usually, naturalism bores me a lot but not in this film. It has brilliant social commentary. See, the sky doesn’t fall. The haze actually comes from the use of high protein adjuncts, primarily in the grain bill of wheat or oats. Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. This is the type of movie budding cinephiles love (or hate). Kechiche may subscribe to Renoir’s “Everyone has his reasons,” but here he shoots the action with a nervous tension that’s more evocative of Pialat. ADVERTISE, “Some people try and tell you what the songs are about and it bores me to death.” - Lars Ulrich, Macintosh Plus announces new album, shares 12-minute preview called “Sick, 2010s: Favorite 100 Music Releases of the Decade, The Secret of the Grain (La graine et le mulet), https://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/arton7768_1.jpg, https://www.tinymixtapes.com/writer/andy+lauer, John Peel’s record collection soon to be made available online as virtual museum… those poor BBC interns, clipping. They say the best books split the audience and this one definitely does. It won 4 césars (the french equivalent of the Oscars). Click here for more details. They have dreams and talents and passions—and a taste for the ruminative anecdote. 3. The Secret of the Grain, titled Couscous in the UK, is a 2007 Franco-Tunisian drama film directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. The movie comments on a political power dynamic that seems lost on filmmakers like Boyle. During a pivotal time for Black cinema, John Berry’s beautifully lived-in drama offered a portrait of an African American family that stood in opposition to a long history of harmful stereotypes. See, the sky doesn’t fall. It always comes back to food, and thus always the company gathered around it. Appearances can change in a flash (there’s a marvelous scene in which Rym sheds her low-class outfit and transforms herself into an executive businesswoman), but success or failure is often determined by the power of speech. And as in Pialat, violence breaks out at regular intervals, usually during meals, and the movie waits in anticipation of these eruptions, which transform shots into showcases for the performances of his actors—or rather actresses. With all due respect to the actorly achievements in the films of De Sica, the Dardennes, and the other great realists, the men and women in The Secret of the Grain talk to one another with more ease and fire and exasperation than is usual in realist films, which even at their most devastating can be predicated on an emotional austerity. The lack of societal exclamation is remarkable. He is a divorced father who forces himself to stay close to his family despite the schisms and tensions that are easily sparked off and that financial difficulties make even more intense. Devastating, beautiful ensemble film about bureaucracy, race, immigration, gender and labor. YippieFest 2020 – joining the virtual and online revolution during these particular times – is set for August 21st through the 23rd. Locationally, it’s not far from where we began. ); during dinner, it moves on to the divine, such as the blatantly sexual joys of the Arabic language. But The Secret of the Grain it is. !—break—>, Blu-Ray Review: ‘The Secret of the Grain’ Frames Life in Close-Up, Podtalk: Ashton Swinford, Creator of ‘Miss Information,’ a Web Series Premiering Oct. 7, 2020, Entertainment News: Virtual 2020 YippieFest now August 21-23. From paying a fine for illegal fishing (threatening a son-in-law’s small business) to the cost of diapers, Secret of the Grain portrays a working class heading to the poor house, yet still managing to keep its head above water and, most of all, preserve family ties. These are characters who appear to behave and emote independently of what Kechiche has specified on the page. The lack of societal exclamation is remarkable. Slimane’s plan to buy a run-down boat and turn it into a restaurant specializing in couscous fish dishes (the French title, La Graine et le mullet, translates as “Grain and Mullet”; in England the film was released as Couscous) is nothing if not a family enterprise. A rich film with great characters and writing, but I simply found it to be dull. Details to come on schedules and times, but the whole fest can be downloaded for FREE on those dates through TWITCH streaming service. You have the scene with the father and daughter, before…. He wants to escape from it all and set up his own restaurant. And their concerns have little to do with overt oppression or xenophobia. A family that gradually gives its support to this project, which comes to symbolize the means to a better life. He is going through a delicate period in his life and, recently, everything seems to make him feel useless: a failure. This should be a really popular film. On the one hand, your heart breaks; on the other, you’re exhilarated. Latifa is miffed that Slimane would center his establishment around the recipes of his intimidating, short-tempered ex-wife, Souad (Bouraouïa Marzouk). As the film opens, Slimane Beiji (Habib Boufares) is fired from the shipbuilding job he’s had for forty years. Abdellatif Kechiche's third directorial venture is not something i would have expected after seeing the highly acclaimed Blue Is the Warmest Colour. In particular, the rage and frustration of his performance in Nouri Bouzid’s Bezness (92), as a jobless Tunisian driven to become a prostitute for Europeans, was unforgettable. On est tellement loin de Mektoub, mais à la fois si près. The movie is essentially a portrait of an extended family whose dynamics are steadily reframed in a collection of long, eventful scenes. Kechiche's first notorious venture into the world of filmmaking features something very important that would define his subsequent works: ambiance and attention to detail. I don't want to talk about what's going on in this movie but I just want to say something from the bottom of my heart : I remember when I watched this gem with my uncle the last year , and today I'm posting it and I didn't forget any scene of it, i remember how we both built a real attachment with this film , and how i really Loved the way Abdellatif Kechiche always brings beauty with real things..... let me tell you something , the most of the…, The first 2 hours were just the calmest family conversations, whereas the last 40 minutes was anxiety inducing.