Monday 15 June 2009 at 7.30PM(French title: La graine et le mulet, US title: The Secret of the Grain.)
COUSCOUS (La graine et le mulet)
Abdel Kechiche / France 2008 / 147 min / French with English subtitles / cert: 15
Set in the North African community of Sète on the Mediterranean Sea, Couscous follows the trials and tribulations of Slimane, a sixty-something dock worker who decides to pursue his lifelong ambition of opening a couscous restaurant when he is laid off by his shipyard employer.
However, in order to make his dream a reality, Slimane will have to call in favours from an eclectic extended family, which include his children, an ex-wife, a mistress and her daughter. With tempers simmering, the warring family must unite to overcome adversity and ultimately risk everything in order to make the Slimane's project a success.
“Remarkable and thought-provoking” Time OutBooking Information
Ticket prices £6 non-members, £3 members
Box office: 020 8699 6685
Bonus links: Claudia Roden, one of my personal goddesses, with some tips on Middle Eastern cooking; Ha'aretz peice on Morroccan Jewish cooking in Israel; a highly inauthentic but tasty-looking couscous and red mullet recipe.