DVD Release: Chicken with Plums

DVD Release Date: Feb. 26, 2013
Price: DVD $30.99
Studio: Sony

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Golshifteh Farahani and Mathieu Amalric star in Chicken with Plums.

The 2011 fantasy-fueled comedy-drama film Chicken with Plums is written and directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, the filmmakers behind the acclaimed 2008 animated film Persepolis.

Tehran, 1958: Since his beloved violin was broken, Nasser Ali Khan (Mathieu Almaric, Wild Grass), one of the most renowned musicians of his day, has lost 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 its arrival, he plunges into deep reveries, with dreams as melancholic as they are joyous, taking him back to his youth and even to a conversation with Azrael (Edouard Baer), Angel of of Death, who reveals the future of his children. As pieces of the puzzle gradually fit together, the  secret of his life comes to light: a story of love, which inspired his genius and his music.

The international cast of Chicken with Plums also include Chiara Mastroianni (Park Benches), Golshifteh Farahani (Body of Lies), Maria de Madeiros (Pulp Fiction), Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet), and Jamel Debbouze (Amelie).

The PG-13-rated French-language foreign film received a respectable 6.9/10 rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 49 published reviews, but didn’t really click with Stateside moviegoers, grossing $250,000 after opening in a limited release to U.S. theaters in August, 2012.

Special features on the DVD include the following:

  • Commentary with Directors Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud
  • Tribeca Q&A with Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.