Comedy / Drama
French / PG-13 / 1 hr. 30 min.
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.
"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." - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Its storytelling style is playful and self-conscious, with magically unrealist touches." - Mark Jenkins, NPR
"The same winning balance of seriousness and humor that made Persepolis such a hit works equally well in Chicken With Plums. - Jay Weissberg, Variety