Keswick Film Club - Couscous

Sunday 26th October 5:00 PM

Couscous (La Graine et le mulet)

Director: Abdel Kechiche Country: France
Cert: 15 Year: 2007 Length: 151 mins Language: French

Programme Notes

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Audience Reaction

Score: 68.06% Attendance: 175




Hugely popular at the Venice Film Festival, and César for Best French Film of 2007, Tunisian-born director Kechiche's latest movie revolves around Slimane, a shipyard worker from an immigrant Arab community in the French Mediterranean port of Sète who is laid off: a blow which the tired, ageing man accepts with bitter fortitude, as he attempts to use the settlement cash to open a couscous restaurant.

This is a deeply moving tragicomedy, exploring through a skilful, laconic narration both the universal search for happiness (not forgetting the importance of food, which the title implies) and the tensions and situations specific to immigrant families.


open_quote A remarkable and thought-provoking work. close_quote WALLY HAMMOND, TIME OUT

open_quote At last we've found our Ken Loach close_quote PARIS MATCH


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