Chicken with Plums (Poulet aux Prunes) @ The Flicks 1
Only screening at The Flicks 1 tonight, last screening
Nasser-Ali, a talented musician, loses the will to live after his wife breaks his beloved violin during an argument. He searches for a replacement, and finding none that sounds quite the same, he vows to die. Eight days later, he does.
This is the story of his last week of life, where we see flashbacks and flash forwards of his previous life and his children’s futures. We also see appearances of a nude Sophia Loren as well as the angel of death, Azarel. As we see his life, we realize exactly why he chose to end it and the profundity of this choice.
The simple tale of a musician whose only passion in a loveless marriage is searching for the perfect violin, is beautifully realized by Marjane Satrapi, her co-director and crew, and a sublime cast.
This is pure French cinema, mixed in with a unique and wonderful vision that brings a fairy tale to life.
The story is miraculous, the cinematography is beautiful to look at, the acting is superb, the editing and all the techs are sublime. There’s really nothing bad about this film, at all. It’s pure entertainment. A wonderful translation from word to screen.
(93 mins, comedy, drama)