Back in 2007, Persepolis made a good case for being the first Oscar triple-nominee for Best Animated Feature, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Picture. It only made the cut in the animated category, but it’s really that strong of a film. Now directors Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud are back with a live-action sophomore slump called Chicken With Plums. Nasser Ali (Mathieu Amalric, astounding in another great 2007 film, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) is devastated when his violin is smashed, and with no outlet and no love left in his life, he decides to stay in bed and wait for death. Oh, he has a family, but that’s not important to him. Chicken With Plums counts down the eight days until his death, which grows tiresome in a hurry. There is lots of heavy smoking in this movie, though, so Big Tobacco should be happy.
Director: Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
Producer: Hengameh Panahi
Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Édouard Baer, Maria de Medeiros, Golshifteh Farahani, Éric Caravaca, Chiara Mastroianni, Mathis Bour, Enna Balland, Didier Flamand, Rona Hartner, Isabella Rossellini, Jamel Debbouze, Serge Avedikian and Christian Friedel