Persepolis 2007

Persepolis

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Persepolis is an emotionally powerful, dramatically enthralling autobiographical gem, and the film's simple black-and-white images are effective and bold.

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Based on Satrapi's graphic novel about her life in pre and post-revolutionary Iran and then in Europe. The film traces Satrapi's growth from child to rebellious, punk-loving teenager in Iran. In the background are the growing tensions of the political climate in Iran in the 70s and 80s, with members of her liberal-leaning family detained and then executed, and the background of the disastrous Iran/Iraq war.

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Critic Reviews for Persepolis

All Critics (161) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (154) | Rotten (7)

  • Persepolis is, in its way, a hymn to the enduring influence of family, particularly during a time in which the state is attempting to seize all hearts, minds and instincts for itself.

    April 12, 2013 | Full Review…
  • You could ask for a more hardcore adaptation of her bitterly funny, sad and angry book, I think, but not for a more enjoyable one.

    April 12, 2013
  • It's a mind-blower.

    April 12, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Here is an adaptation so inspired, so simple and so frictionless in its transformation of the source material that it's almost a miracle.

    October 18, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • An exuberant autobiographical film and dark-horse contender for an animated feature Oscar.

    October 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Tom Charity

    CNN.com
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  • The film's nuanced view of social issues is complemented by lovely black-and-white animation work that blends Islamic motifs into a sort of Yellow Submarine-ish world.

    October 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

    NPR.org
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Audience Reviews for Persepolis

  • Jul 03, 2013
    This French animated film based on Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novel of the same name. The film was written and directed by Satrapi with Vincent Paronnaud. I understand how popular was the book in France, following the story a young girl as she comes of age against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution. France had its share of involvement during the Iranian revolutionary times, and somehow the audience was very sympathetic to the film which ends with Marjane as a 24-year-old expatriate in Paris. The film was co-winner of the Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. In her acceptance speech, Satrapi said "Although this film is universal, I wish to dedicate the prize to all Iranians." The film was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, but lost to Ratatouille. Cinematography presented in the black-and-white style of the original graphic novels was explained by Marjane so the place and the characters wouldn't look like foreigners in a foreign country but simply people in a country to show how easily a country can become like Iran. The present-day scenes are shown in colour, while sections of the historic narrative resemble a shadow theatre show. The Iranian government-connected organisation Iran Farabi Foundation sent a letter to the French embassy in Tehran stating, "This year the Cannes Film Festival, in an unconventional and unsuitable act, has chosen a movie about Iran that has presented an unrealistic face of the achievements and results of the glorious Islamic Revolution in some of its parts" but despite all of the objections, the Iranian cultural authorities allowed limited screenings of the film in Tehran, albeit with six scenes censored due to sexual content. I am sorry to say that this critically acclaimed animated autobiography missed to involve me into the events which were told in a storytelling style which was nothing out of average. I will still give it a positive score... for the effort!
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Apr 01, 2013
    It slows down and becomes a little less engaging in certain parts near the middle, but Persepolis is an imaginative, funny, and visually interesting depiction of a woman's turbulent childhood in Iran.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 10, 2012
    I finished reading the graphic novel last week and I did enjoy it. I thought the second part of her story after leaving Iran and trying to assimilate was magnificent. However I thought the first part of her childhood amongst the unstable political and social climate of Iran although interesting, innocent and tragic, I felt the balance between childlike naivety and political criticism was a bit wayward. The film fixes this and it is 95 minutes of magical realism and the subjective charm of Satrapi
    Hassan V Super Reviewer
  • Feb 14, 2012
    Great and smart use of the cartoon to tell a serious tale. Give it a comparison view with Waltz With Bashir. Both genuinely push the genre to a new length.
    John B Super Reviewer

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