Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for Persepolis
An exuberant autobiographical film and dark-horse contender for an animated feature Oscar.
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.
The subtlety of the interplay among the three generations of women is extraordinary.
Persepolis is a superb film about a young girl's coming of age amidst war, fascism and family tragedy.
Audience Reviews for Persepolis
Just about as expected. In fact, I was prepared for worse experience while opting for it. It had too much in it that appealed me to stay away from it. But as usual, I couldn't ignore its high rating for ever (I did it for long, though). Of course, had it been a movie for kids, I might not have dared to go for it. A critically acclaimed animated autobiographical (give or take a little) flick that turned out to be no more than average for me.
This smart animated film tells the story of the Islamic revolution in Iran from the eyes of a open minded young girl, growing up to be a woman both inside and abroad of the country. That's surprisingly informative as a history lesson, both funny and dark and realistic at times, but always striking the right tone. While the animation always stays simplistic, the main character easily engages the audience and makes you care for her voyage and the story of her home. Only the ending comes off as a bit anticlimatic, but that doesn't take anything away from the importance and charm of the film. Very well done.
Intimacy with the history of Iran, the Islamic Revolution through an animated autobiography by and of Marjane Satrapi, a witness to the oppression of civil and women rights in Iran. Persepolis is visually beautiful, and socially, culturally, and politically reflective. Significant.
|Marjane (Child) (French Version):||Every morning she would put fresh jasmine flowers in her bra. When she was taking it off, the flowers would fall from her breasts. It was magical. How do you manage to have such round breasts at your age?|
|Marjane's Grandmother (French and English Version):||Everyday I put them for 10 minutes in bowl of icy cold water.|
|Marjane (Child) (French Version):||I'll miss you.|
|Marjane's Grandmother (French and English Version):||In life you'll meet a lot of jerks. If they hurt you, tell yourself that it's because they're stupid. That will help keep you from reacting to their cruelty. Because there is nothing worse than bitterness and vengeance... Always keep your dignity and be true to yourself.|
|Marjane's Grandmother (French and English Version):||If they hurt you, remember it's because they're stupid.|
|Marjane's Grandmother (French and English Version):||Fear is what makes us lose our conscience.|