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 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.
"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.
Audience Reviews for Chicken with Plums
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.
In 1958 Tehran, Nasser-Ali Khan(Mathieu Amalric, who gives another tremendous performance) is a world class violinist without a violin. So his brother Abdi(Eric Caravaca) tells him about a Stradivarius on sale in a distant town. However, Nasser's long suffering wife Faringuisse(Maria de Medeiros), a teacher, wants to know who is going to look after their son Cyrus(Mathis Bour) if he goes. Nasser simplifies that by taking him along, luckily not getting himself killed after his son spends the entire epic bus trip running up and down the aisle. In the end, Nasser gets his violin but is still not happy. In fact, he is so depressed that he takes to his bed to wait for death. First, forget about the title "Chicken with Plums." It suggests sentimentality when the movie's mood is anything but in its sweet melancholy. However, the tone is never oppressive, as it floats along in a variety of styles, including animation, in its expressive examination of mortality and fate, going so far as to also explore the future destinies of the two children. Sure, it may seem silly to the outside observer that Nasser is so torn up about a lost violin. But as the movie sensitively shows by going back and forth in time, there are some very good reasons for his sadness that emanate from a single tragic event.
Chicken with Plums Quotes
|The Music Teacher:||Sounds come out. But it is empty.It is barren. It is nothing. Life is a breath, Life is a sigh. It is this sigh that you must seize.|
|Adult Lili:||Try to spot a nine pound baby under 499 pounds of meat. You'll see it's not easy.|
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