I really understand now why in my country the title is distastefully translated as "Persian Love". The ending has something of a cheesy soap opera which suits the translation. It really spoiled a beautiful film. I enjoyed Satrapi's storytelling both here and in "Persepolis", and I even liked the idea of a love life never to happen. But the melodrama and the music and the overabundance of sentimentalism...
Paronnaud and Satrapi's second outing as directors fail to live up to the earlier 'Persopolis' in another adaptation of a graphic novel by Satrapi. Beautiful to look at, often hearkening back to cinema traditions, but somehow for a film about a lifelong passion/love it seems to lack that very ingredient. Amalric seems almost too passive a character here,Medeiros too shrill and the tone of the film somewhat undecided.
The idea is good, the animation is captivating but there's something missing here. My review: http://alwayswatchgoodmovies.blogspot.com/2012/11/chicken-with-plums-2012.html
A beautifully shot fable about art, life and death. That distant and seemingly intangible late 50's Tehran is recreated as a quasi-fantastical mesh of memory and dream, balancing feebly in the strings of Nasser Ali's reluctant violin. This sweet and sour journey is truly one of the best films I've seen this year.
The directors of the animated PERSEPOLIS return with their first live action effort about a renowned violinist who decides that it is time to die after his beloved violin is broken, and the joy of playing fades away. Beautifully filmed, reminiscent of AMELIE, but doesn't really connect until the final moments when everything finally comes together.
A confectionary mixture of romantic styles from Satrapi's nostalgia for pre-Revolution Iran to her fondness of classic golden age cinema and fairy tale Western romance. Luckily, all of this fudge and cake and strawberries is short enough and with just enough spice so that you can eat it without getting stomach aches, but those who don't handle cinematic sugar very well may do better to stay away. --PolarisDiB
I didn't think the pieces of the puzzle were brought with enough impact to the viewer... The directors missed some crucial emotional points, in my opinion.
The original material is fascinating, probably one of the most inspired pieces of work I've ever got the chance to set my eyes on. Therefore, this is my most anticipated movie of the year, but I'm afraid it could end up going anywhere. I'm not really sure if the directores can handle a live action film. This cast certainly seems terrific, though.