Chicken with plums

Chicken with plums

DVD - 2013 | French
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Nasser-Ali Khan appears to care more about his career than his family, but there is more to him than just the surface. After his beloved violin breaks, he sets out to replace it with his son's help. But when he cannot replace the instrument, he decides that the only solution to his sorrow is death. As he lies in bed waiting to die, his wife provides him with delicacies, such as chicken and plums, to help him find a reason to live again. Along the way, the family explores life with a view of beauty and humor.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Columbia Pictures, 2013.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 93 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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beckythecat1
Jun 27, 2014

interesting, but watch this with a clear mind and the ability to really keep track of all the nuances.

hania4987 Nov 04, 2013

a beautifully crafted, highly stylized poignant fairy tale filled with humor and melancholy.

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GuyN
Sep 19, 2013

Although this was recommended to me by a friend whose opinions I respect I found this film to be more tedious than necessary. There are some very interesting, although often not subtle, surreal (or magical realism) moments and eventually we learn to have a little sympathy for the protagonist, who mostly seems to be selfishly, endlessly pouting. Iranian cinema seems obsessed with suicide, but my sample is small. I don't blame another reviewer for quitting after 32 minutes, It took me several days of 15-30 minute viewings to finish this film. The good news is that the last reel is actually interesting and almost uplifting. The bad news is that it would not make much sense (if it does at all) without the boring first reel. The middle reel is, well, middling in the middle.

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nptphoto
Aug 12, 2013

After the first 32 minutes, I gave up. This is an astonishingly ugly film that uses whimsical tone and "magical realism" to tell a cynical series of vignettes. Amalric's suicide montage, wherein he fantasizes about possible ways of doing himself in, was incredibly tasteless -- not charming. But I really lost all faith in where this trash was going when Amalric, as the world's worst father, spoils his daughter's time at a puppet show by pointing out the puppeteers under the curtain; he destroys her necessary illusion about the "talking dolls." Her delight therefore curdles, and the young girl loses interest in all childhood charms, except for a shooting gallery, and then there's an especially noxious flash-forward to how she grows up to be a chain-smoker and a gambler who has multiple heart attacks. A cautionary tale, perhaps, against the extreme dangers wrought by bad parenting, except that the co-directors are so poisonously clever & chic they have no real point of view, which is to say no moral stance, about anything.

d2013 May 11, 2013

This movie is unique, different. Visuals are good but I thought it was a bit uneven at times.

THUD55 Apr 15, 2013

this movie was a mess. so disappointing. I did not feel any sympathy for the hero, or his wife or the mistress. I just wanted it to end and a lot sooner than it did.

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