Saturday, June 8, 2013

Movie of the Week- Chicken with Plums

Yeki bood, yeki nabood, there was someone, there was noone. Like all Iranian fairy tales, so begins Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's film Chicken with Plums. I read Ms. Satrapi's book of the same name a few years ago, but only recently found the movie version of it. 

Chicken with Plums is a French language drama centered around Nasser Ali, a talented Iranian violinist in 1950s Tehran. When his favorite violin is destroyed, he loses his reason to live and decides to die. As he lies in bed waiting for Azrael, the Angel of Death, to claim his life, we get a glimpse into Nasser Ali's life and the past and future lives of those closest to him. Through this visually elegant and beautiful fairy tale, we learn that it is, in fact, the loss of Nasser Ali's true love, Iran, that leads to his demise. 

I love French movies, so combine French and Iranian, and I couldn't ask for more. I found this movie to have the same visually whimsical feel as Amelie. The drama is interspersed with humorous moments that made me laugh, but ultimately, the real emotion behind the characters left me teary-eyed. This is definitely not your typical Iranian movie, but it is one that should not be misssed!


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