He feels like hitting me. I feel like hitting him. We are like two angry dogs. But after one hour, it is finished. Set in the s, it depicts a city with a thriving cafe culture, elegant old buildings and shops — a place made to look picture-postcard pretty by the snow that falls so often.
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He feels like hitting me. I feel like hitting him. We are like two angry dogs. But after one hour, it is finished. Set in the s, it depicts a city with a thriving cafe culture, elegant old buildings and shops — a place made to look picture-postcard pretty by the snow that falls so often. Satrapi and Paronnaud make an engaging double act.
Both are established comic book artists who have made the leap into movies. Iranian-born Satrapi is an extrovert, full of humour.
Paronnaud, a Frenchman, is quietly sardonic, sharply dressed, bearded and rake-thin. However, when they first met at a studio in Paris, they took an intense dislike to one another. After several months, they had a coffee together and "started talking about geopolitics. We agreed on everything and became friends. This time, however, it does not have an overtly political dimension.
His devoted wife tries to rouse him by cooking his favourite meals, but he is too caught up in his memories to budge. The storytelling has a determinedly whimsical dimension. There are moments of animation, scenes featuring the grim reaper and one very strange American interlude.
Although undeniably humorous, Persepolis was about a childhood and an adolescence blighted by oppression, war, revolution and exile. Chicken with Plums, expected to be released in the UK later this year, following premieres at the London and Venice film festivals, is more of an exercise in nostalgia. Like every Iranian film-maker, Satrapi is frequently asked about such matters as the imprisonment of influential film-maker Jafar Panahi in Tehran, the collapse of the green revolution, and the alleged irregularities at the elections that saw President Ahmadinejad hold on to power.
She is surprisingly circumspect in her answers. I can do it if I am there. This was partly what spurred her to make Chicken with Plums. In tone, it is certainly very different from the Iranian films we are used to seeing in the west. This is not my case. If you look at photos, the Tehran of the 50s looks a lot like that.
Chicken with Plums
Shelves: graphic-novel Marjane Satrapi is an author who needs no introduction. Through Persepolis she enchanted millions of readers across the globe with a brilliantly crafted graphic memoir detailing the events of her life and times. Her insights, keen eye for details, refreshing sense of humor and fantastic storytelling abilities made each of the cartoon frames in Persepolis brim with the essence of life. Through Chicken with Plums, Marjane Satrapi once again wields her magic wand to weave an emotional and dramatic Marjane Satrapi is an author who needs no introduction. Through Chicken with Plums, Marjane Satrapi once again wields her magic wand to weave an emotional and dramatic tale of life and death which will captivate the reader.