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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as Adult Lili
as The Music Teacher
as Irâne's Father
as Cyrus (at 22 Years Old)
as Young Faringuisse
as Irâne's Grandson
as Young Nasser Ali
as Young Abdi
as Cyrus' Daughter
as Cyrus' Son 1
as Cyrus' Son 2
as Socrates' Student
as Rasht Bazaar Man
as Old Woman Bus Driver
as American Doctor
as Cards Player
as Anonymous Cemetery Patron 1
as Anonymous Cemetery Patron 2
as Anonymous Cemetery Patron 3
as Family Doctor
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Critic Reviews for Chicken with Plums
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.
Resurrects the spirit of Middle Eastern fables, albeit with a French twist.
This dreamy, visually inventive Iranian drama functions on so many levels of reality and obsession that it almost ceases to entertain.
Chicken is a movie that begins with a crescendo and doesn't sustain its lyricism.
"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.
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.
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.
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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