Chicken With Plums (2012) The splendid Iranian author-artist Marjane Satrapi and her creative collaborator Vincent Paronnaud follow up their great 2007 animated film, Persepolis , with a live-action project… 2012-08-17 PG-13 PT90M Drama Golshifteh Farahani Maria De Medeiros Isabella Rossellini Sony Pictures Classics
Movie Review

Chicken With Plums (2012)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
CHICKEN WITH PLUMS Mathieu Amalric Maria de Medeiros
Image credit: Patricia Khan
CHICKEN WITH PLUMS Mathieu Amalric Maria de Medeiros
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Aug 17, 2012; Rated: PG-13; Length: 90 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Golshifteh Farahani, Maria De Medeiros and Isabella Rossellini; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

The splendid Iranian author-artist Marjane Satrapi and her creative collaborator Vincent Paronnaud follow up their great 2007 animated film, Persepolis, with a live-action project that's rich with visual exoticism but lower on emotional power. Adapting Satrapi's graphic novel about a violinist (Mathieu Amalric) in late-1950s Tehran who's got a broken fiddle and a broken heart and takes to his bed, willing himself to die, the filmmakers rely on expressive eyes to carry a narrative style suitable for a silent movie. B+

Originally posted Aug 22, 2012 Published in issue #1222 Aug 31, 2012 Order article reprints