As co-directors Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s live-action follow-up to their animated smash Persepolis
, Chicken With Plums
unfolds in Iran during the mid-’50s. Mathieu Amalric stars as Nasser-Ali, a musical genius who holds court as one of the most sought-after violinists in the world. As the story opens, some unspecified sequence of events has driven him into an emotional crisis, and for reasons that also initially go unexplained, his cherished Stradivarius lies broken and irreparable in its case. With mounting desperation, this bug-eyed, manically intense fellow now teeters on the edge of a nervous breakdown. He attempts to find a suitable r...