No. 14: ‘Chicken With Plums’ – Top 20 Movies of 2012
A charming fable set in late 50s Persia from ‘Perseopolis’ creators Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, ‘Chicken With Plums’ is so crafty and clever it takes you a minute to recognize it is about suicide. Mixing live action, animation and lush interior design, Mathieu Amalric’s performance as a heartbroken musician is the perfect compliment to this visual feast.
Best part: Repeatedly breaking a clock to bring it in for repairs in the hopes of catching the eye of the shopkeeper’s daughter.