Patricia Khan
Lisa Schwarzbaum
August 28, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Chicken with Plums

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
90 minutes
Limited Release Date
08/17/12
performer
Golshifteh Farahani, Maria De Medeiros, Isabella Rossellini
director
Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
genre
Drama

We gave it a B+

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+

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