Dark, light, and romantic surrealism in a French film reminiscent of Amelie,
This review is from: Chicken with Plums (DVD)
Although it took several months from when I first heard about this movie until I got around to actually watching it, I now know that it was a mistake. The review that caught my interest said that it was a film good for people who liked the 2001 movie Amelie; it is a claim that I would now fully endorse. Other reviewers have been comparing the film to Persepolis. This makes sense as the filmmakers are the same for both, but to me the Amelie comparison is more telling.
The setting is Iran in the late 1950's, and the movie is rather colorless. However, it has a fanciful, and romantic, yet dark, quality that comes from a story of a man looking back on his life after deciding to commit suicide because of a broken violin. A film that would be easy to give up on at first, the slow start soon gives way to a heart-breaking story revealed bit-by-bit.
I rated it four stars because, despite being extremely well-done, I found myself looking at the time about half an hour in. A brief burst of action at the beginning serves as an attention-grabber, but we, the audience, are then left to just trust that the movie will prove worthwhile as some groundwork is carefully laid.
In conclusion, if you are looking for a lighthearted, fun, piece of easy-viewing, this is not the right film. However, if you are interested in a thoughtful, romantic, and potentially heart-wrenching movie, Chicken with Plums will surely satisfy.