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Release Date:
12 December 2007 (Belgium) See more »
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Tagline:
The Best French Film of the Year See more »
Plot:
At the port of Sète, Mr. Slimani, a tired 60-year-old, drags himself toward a shipyard job that has... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
19 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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(74 articles)
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An extraordinarily different film because of its ethnicity and real-time filming See more (37 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Habib Boufares ... Slimane Beiji

Hafsia Herzi ... Rym
Farida Benkhetache ... Karima
Abdelhamid Aktouche ... Hamid
Alice Houri ... Julia
Bouraouïa Marzouk ... Souad
Cyril Favre ... Serguei
Leila D'Issernio ... Lilia
Abelkader Djeloulli ... Kader
Bruno Lochet ... Mario

Olivier Loustau ... José
Sami Zitouni ... Majid

Sabrina Ouazani ... Olfa
Mohamed Benabdeslem ... Riadh
Hatika Karaoui ... Latifa
Henri Rodriguez ... Henri
Nadia Taoul ... Sarah (as Nadia Taouil)
Jeanne Corporon ... La banquière
Francis Arnaud ... Monsieur Gruault
Henri Cohen ... Claude Dorner
Violaine de Carne ... Madeleine Dorner (as Violaine De Carné)
Hélène Geier ... La douanière (as Hélene Geier)
Ezzadine Bouzid ... Aziz
Salah Eldin Mohamed ... Salah
Rabah Khalfa ... Rabah
Idwar Iskandar ... Idwar
Benhaïssa Ahouari ... Aïssa (as Benaïssa Ahaouari)
Rosalie Symon ... Marie
Carole Franck ... La voisine de Guy
Gilbert Rouvière ... Le compagnon de la banquière
Nourdine Midoun ... Thomas
Abderrahmane Zeroual ... Fouad
Khadidja Taoul ... Madame Jilani
Claude Geraud ... La mouette
Mélèze Bouzid ... Azza
José Rodriguez ... Houcine
Axel Yahimi ... Maxime
Safia Khanchaf ... Safia
François Rodriguez ... Hakim
Nadia Daïf ... Nadia
Flore Hamidani ... Sonia
Sylvain Phan ... Farzit
Tarik Alhakeue ... Jeune de la cité
Mohamed Amry ... Jeune de la cité
Kader Boulanouar ... Jeune de la cité
Magid Dahou ... Jeune de la cité
Abdelazaid Douich ... Jeune de la cité
Adil Iben El Madani ... Jeune de la cité
Brahim Oulmadani ... Jeune de la cité
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paloma Casanova ... Une invitée du bateau
Gilles Matheron ... Un invité du bateau
Doris Stern ... Une invitée du bateau
Salah Zaït ... Un invité du bateau

Directed by
Abdellatif Kechiche 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Abdellatif Kechiche 

Produced by
Claude Berri .... producer
Pierre Grunstein .... executive producer
Nathalie Rheims .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Lubomir Bakchev 
 
Film Editing by
Ghalia Lacroix 
Camille Toubkis 
 
Casting by
Morgane Bourhis 
Anne Fremiot 
Monya Galbi 
 
Production Design by
Benoît Barouh 
 
Art Direction by
Christophe Couzon 
 
Costume Design by
Maria Beloso-Hall 
 
Makeup Department
Severine Marla Levy .... hair creations
Jean-Christophe Roger .... key makeup artist
France Rossi .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Kader Bouallaga .... assistant unit manager
Anne Farrer .... assistant unit manager
Benjamin Hess .... unit production manager
Sophie Hossard .... assistant production manager
Benoît Pilot .... post-production manager
Benoît Pilot .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Morgane Bourhis .... second assistant director
Carlo Da Fonseca Parsotam .... first assistant director
Raphaël De Vellis .... second assistant director
Monya Galbi .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Christophe Couzon .... first assistant decorator
Jérôme Perrier .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Eric Armbruster .... sound
Mélanie Blouin .... assistant sound editor
Yannick Boulot .... sound recordist
Nicolas Bourgeois .... additional sound editor
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer
Jérôme Chenevoy .... boom operator
Nicolas Delcroix .... boom operator
Marc Doisne .... sound re-recording mixer
Xavier Drouault .... foley artist
Jean-Paul Hurier .... sound mixer
Olivier Laurent .... sound editor
Eric LeGarçon .... dialog editor
Gréggory Poncelet .... sound recordist (as Grégory Poncelet)
Xavier Prêtre .... boom operator
Nicolas Waschkowski .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Aurélie Villard .... CG artist: 2D
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gabriele Buti .... assistant camera
Sofian El Fani .... camera operator
Bertrand Etienne .... assistant camera
Geoff Millet .... electrician
Mathieu Normand .... first assistant camera: test shoots
Olivier Regent .... gaffer
Mathieu Szpiro .... electrician
Fabrice Sébille .... Steadicam operator (as Fabrice Sebille)
 
Editorial Department
Bénédicte Cazauran .... assistant editor
Nicolas Criqui .... digital conformation
 
Music Department
Christian Chevalier .... music clearance
 
Other crew
Dominique Arcé .... script supervisor
Sylvie Coen .... general counsel
François Guerrar .... press attache (as François Hassan Guerrar)
Nicole Heitzmann .... production accountant
Emile Ploix .... assistant production accountant
 

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Also Known As:
"La graine et le mulet" - France (original title)
"Couscous" - International (English title), UK
"Grain and Mullet" - International (English title) (literal title)
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Runtime:
151 min
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Shooting was supposed to start in the summer of 2005 but one of the leading actors was sick, which resulted in a major delay. Thus, filming actually started on 5 September 2005 and was still running by 16 January 2006. The set was on a boat in the port of Sète for at least six weeks from October to December 2006. Outside temperatures were very low, as opposed to what they should have been if schedule could have been held. This led the production to set up large tents near the boat with heating systems for the actors and extras to remain comfortable between takes.See more »
Quotes:
Julia:[talking to Slimane about her husband] Is that a family man ?
Serguei:Never there for his kid.
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32 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
An extraordinarily different film because of its ethnicity and real-time filming, 11 April 2008
Author: Tim Johnson from Fremantle, Australia

Diane and I attended this wonderful film in Fremantle this morning and both of us left the theater at its conclusion realising that we had seen an unusual film from an unusual ethnic angle and that the director and actors had completed a superb work.

I adore our Australian films because many of them explore the mundane drama of quiet ordinary life and this film is no exception even though it is French rather than Australian. I guess Hollywood does not believe viewers are sensitive enough to pay to see domestic drama and that the subject matter must always be "bigger than Ben Hurr" but our movies as well as many European movies have proved that the examination of quiet aspects of everyday life can provide extremely compelling material for contemporary films.

IMDb commentators found it off-putting to watch long film sequences about potty training, marital squabbles and restaurant scenes; however, this is the stuff of myriad similar domestic situations that we are all familiar with. The genius being that the director can make these scenes rich enough to watch. Diane and I both believe he did this admirably as well as providing much to discuss and reflect upon later.

We both found it different and endearing that we were allowed into the lives of people and their situations that would be closed to us without this delightful film. Yes, I used the adjective "delightful"; the scenes of domesticity were enlightening and compellingly endearing because we are inundated with Western examples of the genre but few (such as in this film) of other ethnic examples.

A film that should not be missed!

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