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Chicken With Plums

  • Starring: Edouard Baer, Golshifteh Farahani, Maria de Medeiros, Mathieu Amalric
  • Director: Marjane Satrapi
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Languages: English, French
  • Running Time: 93 min.

Teheran, 1958. 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 Azraƫl, 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 story of love which inspired his genius and his music. (Sony Pictures Classics)

"You have no idea what's coming next, except that it will be wildly creative and beautiful. These two know how to mix up a very unusual and successful cinematic recipe."
- Mary Pols, Time
"Both winsome and sophisticated, Chicken with Plums unfolds like a rich Persian carpet woven of memories and nostalgia in a colorful fantasy Iran of 1958, twenty years before the Islamic Revolution turned the country to somber grays"
- Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
"The same winning balance of seriousness and humor that made "Persepolis" such a hit works equally well in Chicken With Plums."
- Jay Weissberg, Variety