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Persepolis (2007)

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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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Marjane is precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl who was nine years old during the Islamic Revolution when the fundamentalists first take power--forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands. She cleverly outsmarts the "social guardians" and discovers punk, ABBA and Iron Maiden, while living with the terror of government persecution and the Iran/Iraq war. Then Marjane's journey moves on to Austria where, as a teenager, her parents send her to school in fear for her safety and, she has to combat being equated with the religious fundamentalism and extremism she fled her country to escape. Marjane eventually gains acceptance in Europe, but finds herself alone and horribly homesick, and returns to Iran to be with her family, although it means putting on the veil and living in a tyrannical society. After a difficult period of adjustment, she enters art school and marries, continuing to speak out against the hypocrisy she witnesses. At age 24, she realizes that while she is deeply Iranian, she cannot live in Iran. She then makes the heartbreaking decision to leave her homeland for France, optimistic about her future, shaped indelibly by her past.

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Critic Reviews for Persepolis

All Critics (154) | Top Critics (44)

It's a mind-blower.

April 12, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

An exuberant autobiographical film and dark-horse contender for an animated feature Oscar.

October 18, 2008 | Full Review…
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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…
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The subtlety of the interplay among the three generations of women is extraordinary.

October 18, 2008 | Full Review…
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Persepolis is a superb film about a young girl's coming of age amidst war, fascism and family tragedy.

October 18, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It's striking how much emotion Satrapi is able to convey through these blocky drawings, which are simple but powerfully chosen.

October 18, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Persepolis

½

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.

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½

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.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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½

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.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

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