|Starring:||Habib Boufares, Hafsia Herzi, Farida Benkhetache, Abdelhamid Aktouche, Bouraou a Marzouk, Alice Houri, Leila D'Issernio, Abelkader Djeloulli, Olivier Loustau, Sabrina Ouazani, Bouraouïa Marzouk|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Run time:||2 hours 31 minutes|
|Rental release:||27 Oct 2008|
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La Graine et le MuletBy Cads (1 review) from Inverness , 06 Aug 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]Tedious dialogue, tedious handheld overpanned camera work building up to climax of prolonged tedium in the form of our stupid hero chasing his stolen moped intercut with a repetitive boring belly dance to repetitive boring music.
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Worth a lookBy a customer , 21 Aug 2011Beautiful film, very gentle...moves quite slowly revolving around family life of an older man...food, hopes and dreams. The 'meal' scenes are great.Really enjoyed.
Superb filmBy a customer from uk , 23 Jul 2011Loved this film. I do agree with other reviews that some of the scenes went on far too long - especially when the women went off on a nagging, whining diatribe. However the tale of his extended North African family and a look at life in France for immigrants was superb. A study of human nature and all its flaws as well as its kindnesses.
Could have been so much betterBy a customer , 06 Jul 2011One would imagine that the story of an aging immigrant trying to overcome personal and bureaucratic obstacles to achieve his dream of opening a restaurant on a boat in the south of France would form the basis of a compelling film drama. Unfortunately in this instance the result has turned out to be rather disappointing in its execution. Firstly Couscous is in need of some serious editing the family meal and the belly dancing scenes in particular are much too long - and the film has a rather unsatisfactory ending. Also I found the grandfather, Slimane, despite his achievements to be one of the most demure and undynamic protagonists that I have ever come across in a movie! Luckily there are some vivacious female characters to compensate for this.
Generally the film has a suitably naturalistic style and convincing dialogue but at times this was disrupted by intrusive camera movements between one close up and another of the characters faces, for example during the family meal.
With about half an hour trimmed off, a more convincing leading character and a better ending this film would be much more satisfying.
Taste of the MagrehbBy a customer , 13 Jun 2011This was so good that I just had to watch it again the next day, something which I've never done before in my life! If you like French drama about complex family relationships and you're interested in French north African communities, it's a must. I wish I hadn't sent it back now...want to watch it again!!!
Family, food and the pursuit of a dreamBy Zamy (552 reviews) from London , 07 May 2011This film richly observes the fractured relationships in an extended family of North African immigrants living in southern France. They all spek fluent French but somehow they dont quite belong. There are lots of longish scenes of family dialogue, often while eating fish and couscous, where family members work through their various concerns. Largely shot in close up they have a fly on the wall quality which really draws you in to the family dynamic. Over arching everything is the elderly Slimanes dream to set up his own couscous restaurant following redundancy from a boat repair yard. Some of the scenes are over-long, especially the restaurants opening night and our credulity is stretched at certain points. Never mind, this is a captivating look at the various faults and follies of our human nature. Recommended.