Abdel Kechiche’s follow-up to L’Esquive (Games of Love and Chance) (2003) shares its sister film’s aesthetic of rapid-fire verbiage and off-the-cuff camerawork. But this look at a shipyard stiff who decides to open a fish couscous restaurant feels like a major step forward for the French-Tunisian director, and his portrait of a diaspora community is funny, tragic and totally unforgettable.

[This film is an official selection of the TONY Film department for the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. While it has not been given a star rating, our Film experts consider it to be among the superior entries to this event.]


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Cast and crew

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Screenwriter: Abdellatif Kechiche
Cast: Sabrina Ouanzani
Leïla D'Issernio
Mélèze Bouzid