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Chicken with Plums

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From the Oscar nominated filmmakers of Persepolis, Chicken With Plums is a “captivating live-action fairytale full of whimsy, humor, magic and despair” (Collider.com). 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 Azraël, 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 which inspired his genius and his music.

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  • Actors: Mathieu Amalric, Edouard Baer, Maria de Medeiros, Golshifteh Farahani, Eric Caravaca
  • Directors: Vincent Parannaud, Marjane Satrapi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ANQHR7U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,646 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Steve Ramm TOP 100 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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From the creators of PERSEPOLIS comes the tale of a man who loses all hope and decides to die after his favorite violin is destroyed. That might sound odd, but of course it is a gross oversimplification of what goes on in CHICKEN WITH PLUMS. The central character, Nasser Ali (Matthieu Amalric), does indeed lose his precious violin, but its significance is revealed is multiple flashback sequences which give him background, motivation and depth. I don't really want to spoil anything, so I'll just say that the end result is rather poetic and touching. From a visual standpoint, it continues from the same place that PERSEPOLIS came from, while imbuing it with lots of color and fantastic elements. The film feels like a fairy tale at times, with a sense of whimsy and free-flowing creativity that flies in the face of rather depressing subject matter. Matthieu Amalric does a standup job as Nasser Ali, bringing a certain world-weariness to his character as well as youthful optimism in the flashback scenes. Ultimately, by the end of the film you understand why Nasser has chosen to just give up (although I don't condone suicide). Thematically, I think the film works on a couple of levels. First, there is the surface story which is about losing hope and one's raison d'etre. However, with a character named "Iran," I also think that there is a subtle political allegory as well. The film takes place in the 1950's and references are made visually and through dialogue to indicate that Marjane Satrapi is making commentary on this particular period of Iranian history. She also takes some potshots at America that I thought were slightly uncalled for, although no less funny in the context of the film.Read more ›
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There is no doubt this movie was well made. The style and narration great. The way they told the story unique and often times very funny. It definitely held my attention to the end. It was visual beautiful for this it rates from a scale of 1-10 a 10+++++. However, it is a terribly depressing movie overall not a movie for kids or teenagers. You can only hope as you begin life and fall in love and things don't go right that you do not stop living. I lost the love of my life and yes it feels just like the movie portrays however if you do not come out of it yes you can very well die of a broken heart. However, life is full of choices and ways that you can a make a sad and painful situation turn around. It seems that many of the characters in this movie made bad choices from the parent who destroy a child's ego and force there own agenda on them and to the children this happens to ....who do not make any effort to overcome that type of oppression. ......So many choice that these characters made that destroy the characters in the movies along with the lives of there children. I kept hoping to the very end of this movie that at the end the character was seeing what his choices was doing to his life and how his own need to get what he wanted destroyed himself and the people in it. I kept hoping he learned from all his visions and turned things around in the end. When he and Iran met again as adults with no restrictions from parents free to make there own choices...he could have changed there lives around and start again even though older but he did not pursue her and she never revealed she still loved him. That could have been a different ending. The man could have also realized that all those years mourning for someone who also choose to not pursue her love for him ......Read more ›
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