Chicken With Plums 2012 PG-13 CC

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From the Oscar nominated filmmakers of Persepolis comes a captivating live-action fairytale about a renowned musician who loses interest in life after the destruction of his favorite violin. From

Mathieu Amalric, Edouard Baer
1 hour 32 minutes

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Chicken With Plums

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Genres Comedy, Drama
Director Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi
Starring Mathieu Amalric, Edouard Baer
Supporting actors Maria de Medeiros, Golshifteh Farahani, Éric Caravaca, Chiara Mastroianni, Mathis Bour, Enna Balland, Didier Flamand, Serge Avedikian, Rona Hartner, Jamel Debbouze, Isabella Rossellini, Frédéric Saurel, Christian Friedel, Julia Goldstern, Julia Camps y Salat, Jaouen Gouevic, Timothé Riquet, Angus Boulaire
Studio Sony Pictures Classics
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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"Chicken with Plums" is a beautiful love story about life's regrets and a film with emotion and heartbreak.
Dennis A. Amith (kndy)
This movie is obviously is MILES away from your standard Hollywood fare, but I enjoyed it immensely and found myself quite moved in the concluding 20 minutes.
Paul Allaer
Beautiful music, great sets, and a near final scene where he sees he great love after many years is unforgettable.
N. forrest

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steven I. Ramm TOP 50 REVIEWER on February 13, 2013
Format: DVD
This is a review of the DVD version of the film:

This is a fine example of the difference between well-made French films as most US films, including small "independent films". The Director makes you think and entertains you at the same time. When I saw that this film was from the same filmmakers as Persepolis - the wonderful animated graphic novel - I wanted to see it. I wasn't expecting as much live action as is here but there is animation included this time as well. Both were based on graphic novels by Marjane Satrapi and co-directed by her and Vincent Paronnaud. The plot sounds boring. A violinist's wife breaks his violin and he decides he wants to die. So he sits in his room and waits for the Angel of Death to come. And he waits for days. That's I'll I'm telling you. As my fellow reviewer Paul Allaer has written in his review, to tell you more will spoil the fun. But if you like to put yourself in the hands of creative French filmmakers you will enjoy the "tale" of the violinist Nassar-Ali (the story takes place in Tehran).

I won't repeat much of what Paul Allaer said, but I hope I can expand on the info for the DVD version.

First off, Sony Classics has made it easy to read the subtitles. They are in BRIGHT YELLOW below the screen image. This gives it easy contrast and does not cover the picture. Lately I've been frustrated by DVDs and Blu-rays with subtitles in small white print - often when scenes have snow or a white background. I wish more companies would use yellow or green for the subtitles.

The 91-minute film is supplemented by a full length commentary by the filmmakers as well as a 15-minute Q&A session from the Tribeca Film Festival Premiere. It's interesting.
Don't look to deep for meaning in the film's title.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 30, 2012
Format: DVD
This movie was originally released at the 2011 Venice film festival and I have no idea how or why this movie only now finds its way to the movie theatre here in Cincinnati. I went to see it right away this past weekend, as I doubt this will be playing a long time in the theatre.

"Chicken With Plums" (2011 release from France; 90 min.) is based on the graphic novel of the same name. It brings the story of violinist Nasser Ali, set in Tehran in 1958. It takes a while to figure out what exactly is happening but eventually a picture emerges: Nasser Ali, upset with things in life (we will later in the movie learn what exactly), has decided to die. After considering his options (all of which he finds too gruesome), he simply retires to his room, inviting the Angel of Death to come and take him. But the Angel of Death apparently is busy with other things, and as the days go by, Nasser Ali reflects on his life, and we learn of his erstwhile true love, a woman named Irane.

To tell you more of the plot would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all turns out. Several comments: not surprisingly, given its origins in a graphic novel, the visuals in the movie play a huge role, and the movie is eye candy from the start to the finish. Second, the acting performances in the movie are at a very high level, check out of course Mathieu Amalric in the lead role as Nasser Ali, but also noteworthy is Isabella Rossellini in a small but choice role as Nasser Ali's mother.
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From the writers/directors Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi of "Persepolis" comes the French drama "Chicken with Plums".

Based on the graphic novel "Poulet aux prunes" by Satrapi, the film premiered at the 68th Venice International Film Festival back in September 2011. And now, the film will be released by Sony Pictures Classics in Feb. 2013.

"Chicken with Plums" is set in Tehran during the '50s and revolves around a man named Nasser-Ali Khan (portrayed by Mathieu Amalric). A renowned concert violinist, things have not been the same for Nasser since his beloved violin was broken, and now he has tried so many violins from a variety of stores, he's not achieving the sound that he wants.

One day, after purchasing a violin, he encounters a woman named and excited, he asks her if she is Irane (portrayed by Golshifteh Farahani) and asks her if she remembers him, she answers that she doesn't.

We see a bit about Nasser's current life. He is married to a woman named Frainguisse (portrayed by Maria de Medeiros) with two children and while his wife works, he is often criticized by her for being unemployed and not taking responsibility as a husband and father.

While trying to play a stradivarius violin that he just purchased, it's just not the same. So, he pulls out his beloved, broken violin which is way beyond repair.

His music is his life and because he is unable to produce the music that he wants, he decides that he will die.

Fast forward eight days later and his loved ones and his friends attend his funeral.

And the film then takes us day by day of how Nasser tries to die.
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