Chicken with Plums (film)
|Chicken with Plums|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Marjane Satrapi
|Produced by||Hengameh Panahi|
|Screenplay by||Marjane Satrapi
|Based on||Chicken with Plums
by Marjane Satrapi
Maria de Medeiros
|Editing by||Stéphane Roche|
|Distributed by||Le Pacte|
|Running time||94 minutes|
Chicken with Plums (French: Poulet aux prunes) is a 2011 French drama film directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. It is based on the graphic novel of the same name. The film premiered in competition at the 68th Venice International Film Festival on 3 September 2011. It was released in France on 26 October through Le Pacte.
As a young man, violinist Nasser Ali Khan (Mathieu Amalric) falls in love with Irâne (Golshifteh Farahani), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy shopkeeper. Her father forbids them to marry, convinced that an artist could never financially support his daughter. The dismayed musician could only carry on because his mentor gave him a special violin and advised him to sublimate his affliction. Consequently he became a renowned artist and eventually married another woman. Nonetheless in his mind he is still with Irâne. When his lack of affection for his family leads to serious dispute between him and his wife she destroys his beloved violin. It strikes him he is no longer up to make music as he did before and therefore he is longing for death. After rejecting more conventional methods of suicide, he decides to simply lie in bed until death will have him. As he awaits the arrival of death, he is awash in visions of the past and the film lets the spectator accompany him on this bizarre and strangely beautiful journey.
- Isabella Rossellini as Nasser Ali Khan's mother
- Maria de Medeiros as Faranguisse
- Golshifteh Farahani as Irâne
- Mathieu Amalric as Nasser-Ali
- Jamel Debbouze as Houchang
- Chiara Mastroianni as Lili (as adult)
- Edouard Baer as Azraël
- Eric Caravaca as Abdi
Jay Weissberg wrote in Variety that "The same winning balance of seriousness and humor that made Persepolis such a hit works equally well in Chicken With Plums", and elaborated: "What Satrapi and Paronnaud have really achieved is an evocation of a lost world, much as they did in Persepolis. They've beautifully re-created the fiercely proud, Western-leaning life of the Persian middle class of the 1950s, all constructed in Berlin's Babelsberg studios with the kind of atmospheric quality of Fellini's Cinecitta-constructed Romagna[.] ... Though comparisons may be made with the exaggerated stylings of Amelie, the people in Chicken With Plums eventually lose that sense of artificiality, or rather it becomes superseded by real emotion."
The Washington Times said it had "too much erotic content to make it past Iranian censors," but it did justice to the "subversive poetry of the Iranian cinema." The New York Times said it was "captivating, but not exactly moving" and "more anecdotal than epic". The Los Angeles Times said the tone and style lacked coherence, moving from "fairy tale to sitcom grotesquerie, silent comedy to Expressionist chiaroscuro."
- Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 120. ISBN 978-1908215017.
- "Venezia 68: Poulet aux prunes - Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud". labiennale.org. Venice Biennale. Retrieved 2011-08-28.
- "Poulet aux prunes". AlloCiné (in French). Tiger Global. Retrieved 2011-08-28.
- Weissberg, Jay (2011-09-03). "Chicken With Plums". Variety. Retrieved 2011-09-03.
- Adam Mamzanian, MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Chicken With Plums’: Film’s allegory rooted in history of Iran, The Washington Times, September 13, 2012
- A. O. Scott, Strings Coming Loose for a Violinist in Tehran: Movie Review: ‘Chicken With Plums,’ About Contemporary Iran, The New York Times, August 16, 2012
- Sheri Linden, Review: 'Chicken With Plums' is half-baked, The Los Angeles Times, August 30, 2012