Chicken With Plums

Synopsis & Film Details

Mother Jones magazine calls this French/German/Belgian drama “an artfully rendered romantic/tragic fantasy full of dark humor and surreal tangents.” The movie is a live-action adaptation of the graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, author of the award-winning “Persepolis.” Set in Iran in 1958, the film tells the story of Nasser-Ali Khan, one of the most renowned musicians of his day. When his prized violin is broken, Nasser-Ali loses all taste for life. Finding no instrument worthy of replacing it, he decides to confine himself to bed to await death. As he hopes for death’s arrival, Nasser-Ali’s death serves as a springboard to remember life: He plunges into deep reveries with dreams both melancholic and joyous, including a conversation with Azraël, the Angel of Death, who reveals the future of his children. Starring Mathieu Amalric and Isabella Rossellini. Co-written and co-directed by Satrapi and comic artist Vincent Paronnaud. In French and English, with English subtitles.