Chicken with Plums
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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 Azrael, 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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Resurrects the spirit of Middle Eastern fables, albeit with a French twist."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
""Predictability" is not in Satrapi and Paronnaud's vocabulary, and that is no small thing in this or any other movie era. But the whole those parts form never exceeds their sum."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"As whimsical a film about a suicidal old man as you'll find."
‑ Austin Trunick, Under the Radar
"unfurls in a dazzling set of sequences and montages that demonstrates everything shown to us - like marriage and society itself - may not be as it seems, or what it should have been."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"There are pleasures to be found in Chicken with Plums to be certain, but we'd hope for something a little more satisfying next time out from the directing team."
‑ Oliver Lyttelton, The Playlist
"This dreamy, visually inventive Iranian drama functions on so many levels of reality and obsession that it almost ceases to entertain."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
""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
"Suffused with longing and whimsy, Chicken with Plum's tone can get a little stretched; it can be a touch twee, even cautious. But mostly this adaptation retains a sad dreaminess and a melancholy comic-ness without ever getting cartoonish."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"While visually scrumptious, the movie struggles to reach a greater profundity that it never quite obtains, but its childlike emulation of a grand tragedy is indelibly precious."
‑ Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
" admirable trip down the rabbit hole of a lonely man's mind and inspiration, but it loses its way about halfway through the movie and feels like a series of inspired, lovely short films, held together by the barest of threads."
‑ Eric Melin,
"Chicken is a movie that begins with a crescendo and doesn't sustain its lyricism."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"This highly stylized, often beautiful rumination on life and art and the choices we make just sort of lies there, waiting to expire."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"These moments give flavor, but fail to cohere into any particular taste."
‑ Violet Lucca, Film Comment Magazine
"On a scene-by-scene basis, much of Chicken With Plums delivers satisfactorily, but it adds up to much less than the sum of its many parts."
‑ Nathan Southern, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"... uneven blend of whimsy and surrealism that's visually compelling but narratively flat."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
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