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Chicken with Plums (2012)



Critic Consensus: Whimsical and melancholy, Chicken with Plums is visually striking and dreamily compelling despite its occasional narrative missteps.

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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 that inspired his genius and his music... -- (C) Sony
PG-13 (for some drug content, violent images, sensuality and smoking)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Mathieu Amalric
as Nasser-Ali
Édouard Baer
as Azraël
Maria de Medeiros
as Faringuisse
Chiara Mastroianni
as Adult Lili
Mathis Bour
as Cyrus
Didier Flamand
as The Music Teacher
Serge Avedikian
as Irâne's Father
Rona Hartner
as Soudabeh
Christian Friedel
as Cyrus (at 22 Years Old)
Julia Camps y Salat
as Young Faringuisse
Jaouen Gouevic
as Irâne's Grandson
Timothé Riquet
as Young Nasser Ali
Angus Boulaire
as Young Abdi
François Legrand
as Schoolmaster
Laura Baade
as Cyrus' Daughter
Dustin Graf
as Cyrus' Son 1
Nomi Kaisar
as Cyrus' Son 2
Christian Sengewald
as Socrates' Student
Adolfo Assor
as Rasht Bazaar Man
Ilse Strambowski
as Old Woman Bus Driver
Dietmar Rüttiger
as Cards Player
Louis-Marie Audubert
as Anonymous Cemetery Patron 1
Bruno Paviot
as Anonymous Cemetery Patron 2
Philippe Beglia
as Anonymous Cemetery Patron 3
Luc Gentil
as Family Doctor
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Critic Reviews for Chicken with Plums

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (23)

While visually scrumptious, the movie struggles to reach a greater profundity that it never quite obtains, but its childlike emulation of a grand tragedy is indelibly precious.

Full Review… | April 14, 2013
Top Critic

Resurrects the spirit of Middle Eastern fables, albeit with a French twist.

Full Review… | October 18, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

This dreamy, visually inventive Iranian drama functions on so many levels of reality and obsession that it almost ceases to entertain.

October 4, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Chicken is a movie that begins with a crescendo and doesn't sustain its lyricism.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

"Predictability" is not in Satrapi and Paronnaud's vocabulary, and that is no small thing in this or any other movie era. But the whole those parts form never exceeds their sum.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
Boston Globe
Top Critic

"Chicken With Plums" is a whimsical, sad, diverting and altogether delightful exploration of how cinema can benefit, not only from glancing back at its own past, but by staying open to parallel forms of presentation and play.

Full Review… | September 14, 2012
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Chicken with Plums


A beautiful fairytale in the French tradition, but with some magically realistic elements that reminded me of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's AMELIE or the Latin American filmmakers of the 90s. Sorry to see that this film didn't get as wide a US release as those films. Beautifully sculpted and circular in structure, the timeless look of this period piece will hopefully attract more of an audience, through those who find interest in Marjane Satrapi's work may be the first to seek it out.

Samantha Shada
Samantha Shada

More depressing than Persepolis, but still carrying Satrapi's sarcastic wit and her visual talent, "Chicken With Plums" is a melancholic but stunning journey into a fantasy land of whimsy and woe.

Justin Rivera
Justin Rivera

In 1940s Tehran, a master musician decides to go to bed to die after his beloved violin breaks and he can't find a replacement; his life story is told in flashbacks and dream sequences featuring appearances by Socrates, the Angel of Death, and a giant Sophia Loren. An exotic and elegant fantasy drama that strikes an unique tone of despondent whimsy; beautiful, romantic stuff.

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