Secret of the Grain (La Graine et le mulet), The

Un grand, un très grand film. L’un des films les plus marquants que vous verrez cette année, un film d'exception!
-Marc-André Lussier, La Presse
Extraordinaire! Un grand, vraiment, un grand film.Que vous irez voir. C’est un ordre!
-Marc Cassivi, La Presse
Un film brillant, empreint de grâce et de sensualité.
Envoûtant! Toute une leçon de cinéma! Un beau et grand film bouleversant d’émotion et d’humanité.
-Le Journal de Montréal


Director Abdellatif Kechiche’s critically acclaimed and awarding winning film, ‘The Secret of The Grain,’ is a poignant French drama that follows the story of a Tunisian immigrant, Slimane Beiji. One day, he is suddenly dismissed after 35 years as a shipyard worker. Ashamed that he can no longer provide for his family, he buys an old boat and opens up a restaurant that features his ex-wife’s couscous recipe as the signature dish. Along the way he faces contemptuous bankers, disapproving government workers and relentless urgings from his sons to return to his home country. His only supporter is from Rym, played by award-winning newcomer Hafsia Herzi, a loving daughter with a relentless drive. She is the catalyst that helps her father pursue his dreams. This touching and beautifully composed film plunges into the heart of a changing culture, focusing on the trials and tribulations of a man and his family, and the dreams that inspire individuals to fight for their cause.

Theatrical Release Date

Friday, October 03, 2008
Original Languages: French
Genre: Drama, World Cinema
Running Time: 154 min.
Year: 2007


Habib Boufares
Hafsia Herzi
Farida Benkhetache
Abdellatif Kechiche



Hafsia Herzi as Rym
Bouraouïa Marzouk as Souad (Centre)
Hafsia Herzi as Rym (Center)
Director Abdellatif Kechiche
Hafsia Herzi as Rym
Alice Houri as Julia (Left) and Bouraouïa Marzouk as Souad (Right)
Hafsia Herzi as Rym (Left) and Habib Boufares as Slimane (Right)
Hafsia Herzi as Rym (Left) and Habib Boufares as Slimane (Right)
A scene from The Secret of the Grain
Habib Boufares as Slimane (Left) and Faridah Benkhetache as Karima (Right)