When Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud stepped on to the international film scene with their debut feature, Persepolis
, they did it in style. An animated feature based on Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novels, Persepolis
went on to be one of the most acclaimed and awarded films of 2007. It won the Jury Prize in Cannes and a pair of Cesars in France before going on to be nominated at both the Golden Globes and The Oscars. It was only their first feature but already the duo were among the most acclaimed filmmakers in the world. So, of course, they've decided to change it up for their second effort. A lot.
The pair's second effort is titled Chicken With Plums
and this time out they've moved away from animation and in to live action. When animators move to live action the results are frequently fascinating and that certainly appears to be the case here.
Again based on a graphic novel by Satrapi, Chicken With Plums begins its festival run in Venice and Toronto - where the synopsis above was lifted from - with high expectations. The trailer - which you can find below - meets them.
The year is
1958, the city Tehran. Celebrated violinist Nasser Ali Khan (Mathieu
Amalric) has an unexpected encounter with a longlost love, but she
fails to recognize him. 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 the
consolation of music, and soon finds that he can't get out of bed,
where he lies locked both in dreams about his childhood and
projections of his own children's futures. His reveries lay somewhere
between fantasy and oblivion, and quickly assemble into a kind of
thriller, riddled with flashbacks and flash-forwards (as well as a
vision of a naked Sophia Loren), that illuminates his peculiar persona
and the source of his despair.
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