- Actors: Mathieu Amalric, Maria de Medeiros, Edouard Baer, Golshifteh Farahani, Eric Caravaca
- Directors: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi
- Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Multiple Formats, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Language: French
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent
- DVD Release Date: 26 Feb 2013
- Run Time: 91 minutes
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- ASIN: B00ANQHR7U
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Chicken with Plums
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Teheran, 1958. Since his beloved violin was broken, Nasser Ali Khan, one of the most renowned musicians of his day, has lost all taste for life. Finding no instrument worthy of replacing it, he decides to confine himself to bed to await death. As he hopes for its arrival, he plunges into deep reveries, with dreams as melancholic as they are joyous, taking him back to his youth and even to a conversation with Azrael, the Angel of Death, who reveals the future of his children... As pieces of the puzzle gradually fit together, the poignant secret of his life comes to light: a wonderful story of love which inspired his genius and his music.
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Check it out3 March 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
To tell the truth, I am no expert on French films, but I have seen several. The style of this film in terms of the visuals, the music, and the storytelling seemed very French to me. I had never seen Mathieu Almaric: loved him! And I have been a fan of Isabella Rosellini since the nineties. It's worth checking out.
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Dark subject matter leavened with fantastic visuals4 April 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
From the creators of PERSEPOLIS comes the tale of a man who loses all hope and decides to die after his favorite violin is destroyed. That might sound odd, but of course it is a gross oversimplification of what goes on in CHICKEN WITH PLUMS. The central character, Nasser Ali (Matthieu Amalric), does indeed lose his precious violin, but its significance is revealed is multiple flashback sequences which give him background, motivation and depth. I don't really want to spoil anything, so I'll just say that the end result is rather poetic and touching. From a visual standpoint, it continues from the same place that PERSEPOLIS came from, while imbuing it with lots of color and fantastic elements. The film feels like a fairy tale at times, with a sense of whimsy and free-flowing creativity that flies in the face of rather depressing subject matter. Matthieu Amalric does a standup job as Nasser Ali, bringing a certain world-weariness to his character as well as youthful optimism in the flashback scenes. Ultimately, by the end of the film you understand why Nasser has chosen to just give up (although I don't condone suicide). Thematically, I think the film works on a couple of levels. First, there is the surface story which is about losing hope and one's raison d'etre. However, with a character named "Iran," I also think that there is a subtle political allegory as well. The film takes place in the 1950's and references are made visually and through dialogue to indicate that Marjane Satrapi is making commentary on this particular period of Iranian history. She also takes some potshots at America that I thought were slightly uncalled for, although no less funny in the context of the film. My only real issues with the film are that the supporting characters are mostly sidelined and/or underwritten, and the narrative structure lends itself to being a little episodic at times. That being said, though, I was quite pleased with the end result and emotionally invested the whole way. Overall, CHICKEN WITH PLUMS is a delightful cinematic confection from Marjane Satrapi about her native Iran. The subject matter is kind of depressing, but plenty of visual sugar (along with some emotional heft) helps the medicine go down smoothly.
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Five Stars30 March 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
There is something about this story and the cinematography that I can't get enough of.
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Beautiful8 June 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
I read the book first as I did with her first "Persepolis". I couldn't wait to see it as a film. It did not disappoint. It did not miss a beat and it's really hard to say a movie was just as good as a book, but it was. Jadore!