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Chicken with Plums/Cedar Lee/ Anatolia Cafe



 This is a romantic, melancholy story that is evoked by the loss of a violin.

It is the second movie by the writer/directors of Persepolis, starring Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) and featuring Isabella Rosselini.

Although it has received mixed reviews, it sounded very appealing to me.....And, for you chefs out there---see below for a link to a recipe for "chicken with plums"!


4:40PM MOVIE at the Cedar Lee

Meet us in the lobby about 15 minutes ahead of time or look for the group inside the theater or meet us afterward not too far from the ticket office.

6:30PM Dinner/Discussion at Anatolia Cafe --after the movie.

******If you cannot find us in the lobby of the movie theater after the movie, please go the the restaurant and ask the manager for the "movie group".********

2270 Lee Road Cleveland Heights, OH 44118


Chicken with Plums--synopsis

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 Azraël, 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…


Roger Ebert:

"Chicken With Plums" is a grand, romantic life story about love, loss, regret and the sadness that can be evoked by a violin — not only through music, but through the instrument itself. It is all melancholy and loss, and delightfully comedic, with enough but not too much magic realism. The story as it stands could be the scenario for an opera.

Patricia Khan:

Chicken With Plums is a surreal tale told in an anecdotal style. Seeing its lead character as symbolic of pre-Islamic Revolution Iran works intriguingly in this context. The story is a rueful, occasionally whimsical, lament for a richly artistic life…. Chicken With Plums is not a thoroughly delectable concoction, but its exotic flavor is worth sampling.



Tips for improving the restaurant experience:

  • Let us know your dinner plans when you RSVP so that we can either save you a seat at the "Movie Group" table or plan to meet you at the movie.
  • Print out a map or enter the restaurant address in your GPS ahead of time.
  • We can't always split the checks so please bring CASH to pay for your meal.
  • If you don't see us when you walk in, ask to sit with the "Movie Group".

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  • Michael

    Disappointing second effort by the director/writer. Looked good, but bad decision to be in flashback. knowing the ending ruined the film.

    October 1, 2012

  • Holly

    The movie was interesting. I would rate it a 3 out of 5.

    October 1, 2012

  • Holly

    Very good.

    September 30, 2012

  • Renu

    This movie reminded me of traditional Arabic poetry: very romantic and flowery. The cinematography was creative and beautiful...the story-not so much. The conversation and food were great. Thanks all for a wonderful evening.

    September 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The movie was mediocre in my mind, and slow, but the company was wonderful and the restaurant first rate. Even a so so movie didn't spoil anything.

    September 30, 2012

  • George

    Film was O.K. Group discussion was typically awesome.

    September 30, 2012

10 went

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