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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $253,705Details
International Box Office $1,173,193
Worldwide Box Office $1,426,898
Further financial details...

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  4. Video Sales
  5. Full Financials
  6. Cast & Crew
  7. Trailer


Teheran, 1958. Since his beloved violin was broken, Nasser Ali Khan, 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 AzraŽl, the Angel of Death, who reveals the future of his children... As pieces of the puzzle gradually fit together, the poignant secret of his life comes to light: a wonderful story of love which inspired his genius and his music...


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
73% - Certified Fresh
71% - Upright

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: August 17th, 2012 (Limited) by Sony Pictures Classics, released as Chicken with Plums
Video Release: February 26th, 2013 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, released as Chicken With Plums
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some drug content, violent images, sensuality and smoking.
(Rating bulletin 2222, 5/9/2012)
Running Time: 91 minutes
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Keywords: Classical Music, Voiceover/Narration, Independent/Other Comics, Animated Sequences, Same Role, Multiple Actors, Depression, Suicide, Non-Chronological, Musicians
Source:Based on Comic/Graphic Novel
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Fantasy
Production Companies: Celluloid Dreams, Manipulators, uFilm, Studio 37, Le Pacte, Lorette Productions, ARTE France, ZDF, Arte, Cinemage 5, UFund, MBB, Canal Plus, Cinecinema, Film(s)
Production Countries: Belgium,


Jamel Debbouze    Houshang & The Beggar
Goshifteh Farahani    Irane
Edouard Baer    Azrael
Chiara Mastroianni    Lili Adult
Isabella Rossellini    Nasser-Ali's Mother
Eric Caravaca    Abdi
Maria de Medeiros    Faranguisse

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Marjane Satrapi
Screenwriter    Vincent Paronnaud
Based on the Graphic Novel Chicken with Plums    Marjane Satrapi
Producer    Hengameh Panahi
Executive Producer    Francois-Xavier Decraene
Co-Producer    Christoph Fisser
Co-Producer    Charlie Woebcken
Co-Producer    Torsten Poeck
Co-Producer    Henning Molfenter
Co-Producer    Adrian Politowski
Co-Producer    Gilles Waterkeyn
Assistant Director    Jerome Zajdermann
Production Designer    Jasmina Torbati
Composer    Olivier Benet
Cinematographer    Christophe Beaucarne
Editor    Stephane Roche
Production Designer    Udo Kramer
Costume Designer    Madeline Fontaine
Make-up and Hair Designer    Nathalie Tissier
Make-up and Hair Designer    Stephane Malheu
Sound Mixer    Gilles Laurent
Sound Mixer    David Vranken
Sound Mixer    Emmanuel de Boissieu

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for February 26th, 2013

February 26th, 2013

It's a good week on the home market with not only one of the biggest films of the last year coming out, but also one of the best. The biggest is The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2, which should be the best selling DVD and Blu-ray for the week, but it isn't a contender for Pick of the Week. For that honor, we go back a few weeks to Frankenweenie. The screener arrived late, but it was worth waiting for and the 3D Combo Pack, while a little pricey, is worth picking up. Also in contender for Pick of the Week is Rocko's Modern Life: The Complete Series. More...

Per Theater Chart: Cosmopolis is Cosmopolitan

August 22nd, 2012

Cosmopolis led the way on the per theater chart with an excellent opening of $70,000 in three theaters for an average of $23,446. Given its reviews, I'm not sure it will do well as it expands. Robot and Frank was also strong with an average of $17,770 in two theaters, while Compliance was right behind with $16,427 in one theater. Ek Tha Tiger didn't quite reach the $10,000 club over the weekend with an average of $9,655, but it was a Wednesday release, so had it opened on Friday, it likely would have easily made the cut.


Frank Discussion about Limited Releases

August 17th, 2012

Late August is a poor time of year for wide releases, but it is also usually not a good time of year for limited releases. It is too late to take advantage of the summer holidays, but it is also too early for Awards Season. However, there are nine films on this week's list, several of which are earning overwhelmingly positive reviews. Chicken and Plums, Compliance, Robot and Frank, and Side by Side are all earning amazing reviews. There are also several others that are earning good, but not great reviews. There might be too many good films coming out this week and the competition could cause one or two films that truly deserve to earn some measure of mainstream success from reaching their potential. More...

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Daily Box Office Performance

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/08/17 62 $11,301   2 $5,651   $53,477 3
2012/08/24 72 $6,527 -42% 2 $3,264   $85,495 10
2012/08/31 67 $11,216 +72% 3 $3,739   $100,092 17
2012/09/07 76 $9,611 -14% 5 $1,922   $115,692 24
2012/09/14 59 $21,855 +127% 17 $1,286   $141,826 31
2012/09/21 70 $16,472 -25% 17 $969   $167,531 38
2012/09/28 76 $7,590 -54% 9 $843   $181,973 45
2012/10/05 61 $14,065 +85% 24 $586   $199,981 52
2012/10/12 79 $4,452 -68% 11 $405   $213,002 59
2012/10/19 83 $4,063 -9% 10 $406   $218,973 66
2012/10/26 78 $6,080 +50% 11 $553   $226,770 73
2012/11/02 82 $4,032 -34% 18 $224   $233,225 80
2012/11/09 80 $3,972 -1% 14 $284   $239,992 87
2012/11/16 74 $3,014 -24% 11 $274   $243,233 94
2012/11/23 76 $3,311 +10% 10 $331   $249,196 101
2012/11/30 89 $765 -77% 7 $109   $252,519 108
2012/12/07 104 $586 -23% 4 $147   $253,705 115

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