The Secret of the Grain Synopsis
A family rallies around its tired father to make his lifelong dream come true.
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100

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Takes one man, his children, their spouses and babies, his ex-wife, his girlfriend, her daughter, and his friends and turns it all into a...
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100

Chicago Reader

By J.R. Jones
Given the movie's slow, careful development, I was hardly prepared for the cold-sweat suspense of the last half hour.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The title embraces the richness of Kechiche's beautiful film, which captures the rhythms of displacement and hardship, the bond of family...
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100

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
An entire family chronicle, along with four decades of French social and economic history, is recapitulated as a lavish, hectic dinner,...
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
For me, it's a sign that a filmmaker is on to something if you love hanging out with the characters as they eat and drink and talk and...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The Secret of the Grain never slows, always engages, may continue too long, but ends too soon. It is made of life itself.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Kechiche takes his time, allowing us to know the characters as if we live next door. But be warned: for those who come to feel like a...
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75

Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
The movie is a parable of patriarchal pride as well as a paradigm of how immigrant groups can accomplish goals without any help from their...
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
The cast is solid, with standout performances by first-timer Habib Boufares as Slimane.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
A penchant for suffocating close-ups and an overabundance of scenes that go on far too long mar Abdellatif Kechiche's The Secret of the...
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