• Chicken With Plums (2012)

Chicken With Plums

Release Date: August 31st, 2012

DVD Release Date: February 26th, 2013

PG-13 |1 hr 31 min

Plot Summary

When his beloved violin is broken, famed musician Nasser Ali Khan (Mathieu Amalric) loses the will to live. Unable to find a replacement for the instrument, Nasser decides to retreat to his bed and await death. As he waits, Nasser plunges deep into reverie and experiences dreams both joyous and melancholic. He speaks with Azrael (Édouard Baer), the Angel of Death, who reveals the future of Nasser's children. As pieces of a puzzle fall together, the poignant secret of Nasser's life emerges.

Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Édouard Baer, Maria de Medeiros, Golshifteh Farahani, Éric Caravaca, Chiara Mastroianni, Mathis Bour, Enna Balland

Director: Marjane Satrapi , Vincent Paronnaud

Genres: Drama , Romance

Production Co: Canal+

Keywords: Passionate, 1950s, Heartwarming, Wife, Death, Transformation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    A grand, romantic life story about love, loss, regret and the sadness that can be evoked by a violin - not only through music, but through the instrument itself. It is all melancholy and loss, and delightfully comedic, with enough but not too much magic realism. The story as it stands could be the scenario for an opera. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Both winsome and sophisticated, Chicken with Plums unfolds like a rich Persian carpet woven of memories and nostalgia in a colorful fantasy Iran of 1958, twenty years before the Islamic Revolution turned the country to somber grays. show more

  • 63
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Amalric's performance is comically moving in the manner of silent actors, and the film is beautifully wrought with moments of enchantment. Alas, Chicken is a movie that begins with a crescendo and doesn't sustain its lyricism. show more

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