Chicken with Plums
Chicken with Plums (2012)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 17, 2012
DVD Release Date: February 26, 2013
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Whimsical and melancholy, Chicken with Plums is visually striking and dreamily compelling despite its occasional narrative missteps.

Eric Kohn

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.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Chicken is a movie that begins with a crescendo and doesn't sustain its lyricism.

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Jenni Miller
Bust Magazine

It's not necessary to pick up on all the breadcrumbs Satrapi plants here from her previous tale to enjoy this dreamy film.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Resurrects the spirit of Middle Eastern fables, albeit with a French twist.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

"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.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

As whimsical a film about a suicidal old man as you'll find.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

This dreamy, visually inventive Iranian drama functions on so many levels of reality and obsession that it almost ceases to entertain.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

"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.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
In 1940s Tehran, a master musician decides to go to bed to die after his beloved violin breaks and he can't find a replacement; his life story is told in… More
Walter M.
In 1958 Tehran, Nasser-Ali Khan(Mathieu Amalric, who gives another tremendous performance) is a world class violinist without a violin. So his brother… More