Chicken With Plums (poulet Aux Prunes)

Directed by Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Parronnaud
  • France / Germany / Belgium
  • 93 minutes

Marjane Satrapi and Stéphane Roche will attend the screening on Friday 24th.

Based on the graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, Chicken with Plums marks the second instalment of a trilogy that began with Persepolis. Like that Academy Award®–nominated film, Chicken with Plums is co-directed by Vincent Paronnaud and Satrapi herself, whose transition from comics to movies is accompanied by a refreshing and imaginative approach to storytelling.

The year is 1958, the city Tehran. Celebrated violinist Nasser Ali Khan (Mathieu Amalric) has an unexpected encounter with a long-lost love. He returns home, has an argument with his wife and, most troublingly, discovers that his prized violin has been broken. He’s unable to replace it, can’t conceive of life without music, and soon finds that he can’t get out of bed, where he lies locked in dreams. His reveries quickly assemble into a kind of thriller, riddled with flashbacks and flash-forwards, that illuminates the source of his despair.

Paronnaud and Satrapi’s bold visual design and adventurous structure are matched by the performances, not only from Amalric (star of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), but also from Isabella Rossellini, Maria de Medeiros and Chiara Mastroianni. -Cameron Bailey, Toronto International Film Festival

Mathieu Amalric, Edouard Baer, Maria de Medeiros, Isabella Rossellini, Chiara Mastroianni