A lot of beautiful animated sequences that could only come to life in movement . . . We've had this incredible wave of films giving us Iran from an insider's point of view--maybe now it's time for the exile's.
Despite the grimness of its subject matter, Persepolis is a relentlessly charming, persistently amusing tale about patriotism, familial love and the need to carry on, even in the face of madness and absurdity.
Persepolis is passionate, comically poignant and universally familiar in ways that expose the penguins and rodents that are its fellow Oscar nominees for best animated feature as being commercial and conventional.