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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:
Mathieu Amalric ... Nasser-Ali Khan
Edouard Baer ... Azraël
Maria de Medeiros ... Faringuisse
Golshifteh Farahani ... Irâne
Éric Caravaca ... Abdi
Chiara Mastroianni ... Lili, adulte
Mathis Bour Mathis Bour ... Cyrus
Enna Balland Enna Balland ... Lili
Didier Flamand Didier Flamand ... Le maître de musique
Serge Avedikian Serge Avedikian ... Le père d'Irâne
Rona Hartner ... Soudabeh
Jamel Debbouze ... Houshang / Le mendiant
Isabella Rossellini ... Parvine
Frédéric Saurel Frédéric Saurel ... Mirza (as Fred Saurel)
Christian Friedel ... 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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France | Germany | Belgium

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

26 October 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Chicken with Plums See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,301, 19 August 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$253,705, 9 December 2012
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2.35 : 1
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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 nicely wrapped empty box
2 October 2012 | by ek-hlewagastirSee all my reviews

I loved Persepolis both as a graphic novel and as a film. So I was looking forward to Satrapi's new work. I had neither read the graphic novel nor much about the film before watching, which I now regret because this film has little or nothing to do with its predecessor. First of all, it is no animation film and Satrapi's beautiful artwork is limited to the opening titles and to a tale told by the Angel of Death towards the end of the film. The whole cast is French, they speak French and both look and behave like French and, except when it comes to the characters' names, one has to do a big effort to keep in mind that the story is supposed to take place in Teheran. It might be a meaningless detail to some, but for me it was a disturbing discrepancy. The whole film has a superb photography and every scene is carefully manufactured (i.e. manipulated in post-production) into something that indeed looks like a powerful work of art. But inside this nicely wrapped box, I find really little that makes this film worth watching. It's not a film for children: I wouldn't want to tell my children the story of a man who decides to let himself die showing total disrespect for both his wife and children. But as a grown-up, I am really missing something, that something that I did find in the autobiography of a little girl growing up away from a country which has ceased to exist. Chicken with plums is a sort of disturbing bedtime story about a man who lost the joy of living, carefully wrapped up in some sort of misty reverie, nothing more than that. Still, it is probably supposed to be a comedy, and that adds a little sugar to the pill that you'll have to swallow if you decide to watch this. I feel a big disappointment. Just like that plate of smoking-hot chicken with plums which is left untouched on the table by the protagonist.


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