Chicken with Plums (2011)
"Poulet aux prunes" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  26 October 2011 (France)
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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nasser-Ali Khan
Lili, adulte
Mathis Bour ...
Enna Balland ...
Didier Flamand ...
Le maître de musique
Serge Avedikian ...
Le père d'Irâne
Rona Hartner ...
Houshang / Le mendiant
Frédéric Saurel ...
Mirza (as Fred Saurel)
Cyrus, 22 ans


Nasser-Ali, a talented musician, loses the will to live after his wife breaks his beloved violin during an argument. He searches for a replacement, and finding none that sounds quite the same, he vows to die. Eight days later, he does. This is the story of his last week of life, where we see flashbacks and flash forwards of his previous life and his children's futures. We also see appearances of a nude Sophia Loren as well as the angel of death, Azarel. As we see his life, we realize exactly why he chose to end it and the profundity of this choice. Written by Irefusetotellyoumyname

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some drug content, violent images, sensuality and smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 October 2011 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Pollo con ciruelas  »

Box Office


€12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,301 (USA) (17 August 2012)


$253,705 (USA) (7 December 2012)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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[first lines]
Narrator: Yeki boud, yeki naboud. There was someone, there was no one. That is how Persian tales begin. Yeki boud, yeki naboud.
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Style vs Heart 1-0

By not betraying her own personal style and the comic source, evident in its graphic and contrived aesthetic, this film work from Marjane Satrapi doesn't' exploit his full poetic potential, as it chokes the plot in an exercise in style which enchants the eye more than the heart, in a series of surrealistic digressions, flashbacks and flash-forwards (the futures of protagonist's children), by looking for poetic effects instead of true poetry. Nevertheless, the ending, practically silent, explains and forgives the limits and the excesses of a film built on form and on a cinematographic "cinéphile" quoter mannerism, and finally gets to the craved emotion. Ironic, melancholic and visionary mix, with more care for narration and less for stylish frippery it would have been a great hymn to life: as it is now, it did it in half. Paraphrasing the character of the music master: good technique with no heart doesn't make great music.

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