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The Secret of the Grain ()

La graine et le mulet (original title)
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In southern France, a Franco-Arabic shipyard worker along with his partner's daughter pursues his dream of opening a restaurant.

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Habib Boufares ...
Slimane Beiji
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Rym
Farida Benkhetache ...
Karima
Abdelhamid Aktouche ...
Hamid
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Julia
Bouraouïa Marzouk ...
Souad
Cyril Favre ...
Serguei
Leila D'Issernio ...
Lilia
Abelkader Djeloulli ...
Kader
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Mario
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José
Sami Zitouni ...
Majid
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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
Benaïssa Ahaouari ...
Aïssa
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
Sebastien Martinez ...
Figurant boîte de nuit
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

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Abdellatif Kechiche

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Abdellatif Kechiche ... ()

Produced by

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Claude Berri ... producer
Pierre Grunstein ... executive producer
Nathalie Rheims ... associate producer

Cinematography by

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Lubomir Bakchev

Film Editing by

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Ghalia Lacroix
Camille Toubkis

Editorial Department

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Bénédicte Cazauran ... assistant editor
Nicolas Criqui ... digital conformation

Casting By

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Morgane Bourhis
Anne Fremiot
Monya Galbi

Production Design by

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Benoît Barouh

Art Direction by

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Christophe Couzon

Costume Design by

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Maria Beloso-Hall

Makeup Department

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Severine Marla Levy ... hair creations
Jean-Christophe Roger ... key makeup artist
France Rossi ... key hair stylist

Production Management

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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 / production manager
Marie Sajot ... unit manager trainee

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Benoît Baraquin ... 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

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Christophe Couzon ... first assistant decorator
Jérôme Perrier ... carpenter

Sound Department

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Eric Armbruster ... sound
Mélanie Blouin ... assistant sound editor
Yannick Boulot ... sound recordist
Nicolas Bourgeois ... additional sound editor
Roberto Cappannelli ... re-recording mixer
Jérôme Chenevoy ... boom operator
Nicolas Delcroix ... boom operator
Marc Doisne ... re-recording mixer
Xavier Drouault ... foley artist
Julien Gonzalez ... boom operator
Jean-Paul Hurier ... sound mixer
Olivier Laurent ... sound editor
Éric LeGarçon ... dialogue editor
Gréggory Poncelet ... sound recordist (as Grégory Poncelet)
Xavier Prêtre ... boom operator
Nicolas Waschkowski ... sound

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Aurélie Villard ... CG artist: 2D

Camera and Electrical Department

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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)

Casting Department

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Nancy Ferri ... extras casting assistant

Location Management

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Chafik Laribia ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Christian Chevalier ... music clearance
Dario Vero ... teaser/trailer music: music producer

Other crew

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Dominique Arcé ... script supervisor
Sylvie Coen ... general counsel
François Guerrar ... press attache (as François Hassan Guerrar)
Nicole Heitzmann ... production accountant
Huma Khan ... legal post production
Emile Ploix ... assistant production accountant

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

At the port of Sète, Mr. Slimani, a tired 60-year-old, drags himself toward a shipyard job that has become more and more difficult to cope with as the years go by. 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. He is going through a delicate period in his life and, recently, everything seems to make him feel useless: a failure. He wants to escape from it all and set up his own restaurant. However, it appears to be an unreachable dream given his meager, irregular salary that is not anywhere near enough to supply what he needs to realize his ambition. But he can still dream and talk about it with his family in particular. A family that gradually gives its support to this project, which comes to symbolize the means to a better life. Thanks to its ingeniousness and hard work, this dream soon becomes a reality...or almost.... Written by Venice Film Festival

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Also Known As
  • The Secret of the Grain (United States)
  • Couscous (World-wide, English title)
  • Grain and Mullet (World-wide, English title)
  • The Secret of the Grain (Canada, English title)
  • Couscous (United Kingdom)
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  • 151 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Flipped (2010). 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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