Chicken with Plums

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Nasser-Ali, a talented musician, loses the will to live after his wife breaks his beloved violin during an argument…

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 7.3/10 (540 voted)

Vincent Paronnaud

Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Edouard Baer, Maria de Medeiros

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.

Writers: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi


Mathieu Amalric

Nasser-Ali Khan

Edouard Baer


Maria de Medeiros


Golshifteh Farahani


Eric Caravaca


Chiara Mastroianni

Lili, adulte

Mathis Bour


Enna Balland


Didier Flamand

Le maître de musique

Serge Avedikian

Le père d'Irâne

Rona Hartner


Jamel Debbouze

Le mendiant

Isabella Rossellini


Frédéric Saurel


(as Fred Saurel)

Christian Friedel

Cyrus, 22 ans

Release Date: 26 October 2011

Filming Locations: Babelsberg Studios, Berlin, Germany

Box Office Details

Budget: €12,000,000


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User Review

Cinema Magic


Back in June, I was almost certain after watching The Tree of Life, it
was locked in for my #1 movie of the year. I was contemplating throwing
it into my top 10 of all time, then top 20, then it ended up somewhere
in my 80s or 90s. I saw it a second time and felt just as strong about
it. There was no way anything was touching it from its rightful spot
this year. Until I saw this at TIFF in September.

This is pure french cinema, mixed in with a unique and wonderful vision
that brings a fairy tale to life. The story is miraculous, the
cinematography is beautiful to look at, the acting is superb, the
editing and all the techs are sublime. There's really nothing bad about
this film, at all. It's pure entertainment. A wonderful translation
from word to screen.

After having seen Persepolis, I wasn't fully aware of just how talented
Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi (who's become one of my favourite
female directors) are. Their ability to suck the viewer in and take
them on a brilliant ride of magic and surrealism, while at the same
time presenting a very powerful social and political commentary, has
been more than affirmed in this film.

Each frame is so carefully crafted that you literally forget you're
watching a film. It's an experience like no other, and I cannot wait to
be able to see this wonderful gem again.