La Graine et le Mulet
2007 / 151m - France
Couscous poster


September 17, 2021


My second Kechiche wasn't a big success. Blue Is the Warmest Color didn't really do it for me, and I recognized a lot of that film in Couscous. It features many loud, yapping and aggravated characters wrapped up in endless conversations, while a very simple/meager plot develops in the background.

Slimane works in the port of S├Ęte. He's 61 years old when he is fired from his job. He doesn't have much money, but he still wants to realize the one dream he ever had: open up a restaurant. With the help of his family and friends he turns an old boat into a restaurant, hoping that he can persuade the city and the bank to support his project.

Slimane's characters is decent, but he's merely a sideshow in this film. His friends and family got on my nerves, unnecessary dramatic twists dragged out the runtime and I didn't care much for Kechiche's aesthetic choices. The middle part of the film is pretty decent, the first and final act didn't really do it for me.