Persepolis…. Review

Persepolis is an animated film, based on Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel named after the famous city of Persepolis the capital city of the Persian Empire . The film was written and directed by Satrapi with Vincent Paronnaud.

This film is different and has a freshness to it. The animation is mostly in black and white and has a distinct simplistic style that grabs your attention.

It is an interesting coming of age account, of a young strong willed girl in the backdrop of the the Iranian Revolution, of life in Iran under the Mullah Theocracy, of a young teen and a and a free spirited rebel, born in a communist leaning straight talking passionate modernist family, and finally of the bond between grandmother and granddaughter.

It also shows how her family’s hopes for change were slowly dashed as the Islamic fundamentalists took power, drastically curtailing personal liberties, forcing head coverings on women and imprisoning thousands; and of the suffocation and frustrations of intelligent people under that conformist regime.

It also talks about her starkly opposite life in the west as an adolescent teenager in Europe and also about how the Europeans take democracy for granted among other things, of love and betrayal and of a girl growing into a woman.

The film won the Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival[1] and was released in France and Belgium on June 27. In her acceptance speech, Satrapi said “Although this film is universal, I wish to dedicate the prize to all Iranians.”[2] The film was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Details Peresepolis (french) ( with english subs ) (and other languages)

Imdb rating 8.1, Wikilink

My rating 8/10, This movie is worth a watch, especially for family viewing, women and Older Teens.


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