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

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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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Nasser-Ali Khan
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Azraël
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Faringuisse
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Irâne
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Abdi
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Lili, adulte
Mathis Bour ...
Cyrus
Enna Balland ...
Lili
Didier Flamand ...
Le maître de musique
Serge Avedikian ...
Le père d'Irâne
Rona Hartner ...
Soudabeh
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Houshang / Le mendiant
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Parvine
Frédéric Saurel ...
Mirza (as Fred Saurel)
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Cyrus, 22 ans
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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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Rated PG-13 for some drug content, violent images, sensuality and smoking | See all certifications »

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26 October 2011 (France)  »

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Pollo con ciruelas  »

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€12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$253,705 (USA) (7 December 2012)
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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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Extraordinarily beautiful and moving
3 March 2013 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

A live action film from the directors of Persepolis. Like Persepolis, it's based on a graphic novel written by Marjane Satrapi. It's nice to see that Satrapi and Paronnaud have some cinematic legs. This is wonderful. Very, very sad, but also utterly gorgeous. Mathieu Amalric stars as an Iranian violinist who gets in an argument with his wife (Pulp Fiction's Maria de Madeiros), who then breaks his prized violin. Unhappy with his life, Amalric decides to die and retreats to his bed. Over the next seven days, his life story plays out before his eyes. The exquisite visuals will certainly impress viewers, but it seems like the depth of the story gets lost on many. It is, simply, a story about the missed opportunities in life and how they haunt us. The beauty of the visuals gives it a kind of magic, but, in the end, this is a very tragic story that will resonate with many.


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