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The winner of four César awards, including best picture and director, Abdellatif Kechiche’s The Secret of the Grain is a stirring drama about the daily joys and struggles of a bustling French-Arab family. It has the texture of a documentary but a classic, almost Shakespearean structure: when patriarch Slimane acts on his wish to open a portside restaurant specializing in his ex-wife’s couscous and fish, the extended clan’s passions and problems explode, leading to an engrossing, suspenseful climax. With sensitivity and grit, The Secret of the Grain celebrates the role food plays in family life and gets to the core of contemporary immigrant experience.

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Special Features High-definition digital master, approved by director Abdellatif Kechiche (with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition) New video interview with Kechiche Sueur, Kechiche’s extended reedit of the climactic belly-dancing sequence, featuring a new video introduction by the director New video interview with film scholar Ludovic Cortade Excerpt from a 20 heures television interview with Kechiche and actress Hafsia Herzi Video interviews with Herzi, actress Bouraouïa Marzouk, and the film’s musicians Theatrical trailer New and improved English subtitle translation PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Wesley Morris

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