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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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Nasser-Ali Khan
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Azraël
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Faringuisse
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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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Storyline

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

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

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Also Known As:

Pollo con ciruelas  »

Box Office

Budget:

€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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a quirky, interesting film
5 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a quirky, interesting film. I found parts of it more interesting than others, and some really quite beautiful. The sense of humor takes some time to develop, but when it does, it's quite winning. Those who are expecting another *Persepolis* will be disappointed; it is really very different, quirkier, and more uneven. But it definitely rewards attentive viewing.

One of the things I found interesting is that, unlike Persepolis, this movie really considers life from the perspective of a middle-aged man. Women here are either very objectified objects of sexual desire, or harpies. There are no intelligent women, such as one finds in *Persepolis.* That doesn't make the movie good or bad for me, but it was an interesting difference.


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