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½ March 31, 2015
I always believed that choice of medium is usually not a barrier to expressions if one has the skills and guts to express oneself. Persepolis is yet another proof of that. I personally love the idea of not providing a solution or a justification for a solution as an ending of a movie, Persepolis showed the hope, sense of belonging and identity of the lead character without giving out a definite resolution. The choice of 2D black and white animation to narrate the story is very interesting and particularly effective. B&W still has, hidden in its monochromatic, high contrast backdrop, an extremely effective method of creating an engrossing, focused environment that resonates with the audience. The autobiographic movie with its Iranian revolution setting, and lead character's journey through her womanhood made an excellent use of the medium. The west often makes heroes and villains or rather celebrities, be it good or bad, out of people just because it is good business, I don't think Persepolis belongs to that category of capitalism. A fresh and welcome change from western ideological sell-outs which tells a captivating story and gets out the way of our thinking, and in the process makes you reflect more rather than when you're given set pieces. Kudos to the director and her team for coming up with such an enthralling depiction.
March 1, 2015
While animation is an art form primarily associated with children's entertainment, there are more than a few animated films which deal with more mature themes and are geared towards an older audience. PERSEPOLIS is one such film. Co-directed by Marjane Satrapi, who based this on her experiences as a young girl growing up in Iran, it tells a story about the struggle to find one's identity in a rapidly changing world. In Marjane's case, her formative years took place amid the chaotic years of the Islamic Revolution when the US-backed Shah was overthrown by populist revolt and an Islamic Republic established in its place. Even though communist revolutionaries, such as her uncle, were imprisoned under the Shah's rules, the Islamic Republic that replaced it was in some ways even more repressive. As a way of escaping this, Marjane is sent off to a French school in Vienna but she eventually comes back to her family after bad experiences leave her alone and almost destitute. Yet, the Iran she returns to is even more different than the one she grew up in and left before. Ultimately, this is a simultaneously complex and simple look at Iranian life through the eyes of a young woman. It's complex in the sense that Marjane has conflicted feelings about the country of her ancestors, yet simple because it is presented through the eyes of someone who has yet to find themselves. This film is based on a graphic novel, and the mostly black-and-white animation style reproduces this look faithfully while also adding a sense of childlike wonder. It was a simple, yet beautiful, way to tell an important story. I hesitate to say that Marjane's story is representative of all Iranians' experience, yet it is valuable precisely because it is a personal experience. The story of her life growing up is tragic and hopeful, sad and yet still not without humor. This rollercoaster of emotions and unique look at an oft misunderstood culture are the film's strongest selling points, aside from the top-notch animation and score. For viewers looking to expand their horizons a bit, PERSEPOLIS has everything you could possibly want from a great film: action, romance, tragedy, humor, etc. It has it all, and most importantly it provides unique cultural insight. Highly recommended.
February 18, 2015
Persepolis was a great animation. Definitely rolling on the society changing in some eastern countries. War, politics and love covers the lot. Great animation and sort of fun which was weird because the subjects it covered were quite depressing. Worked well to get the seriousness across but still having you smiling because of the protagonist.
February 8, 2015
Marjane Satrapi's debut film is a haunting look at ignorance, war, and life in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It may be depressing at times, but it's also wildly funny, intelligent, sensitive and absolutely beautiful.
January 20, 2015
Una cinta animada independiente, con una animacion induscutible, y un aplaudible y poderosa y dramatica joya que merece el aprobado de todods.
½ January 19, 2015
Si bien tenía muchos mejores recuerdos de Persepolis, la verdad es que sigue siendo una gran película. Con interesantes animaciones, Marjane Satrapi se desnuda contando su vida de violencia en iran, su huída a Suiza a estudiar, y el regreso a una patria de la cual sólo puede avergonzarse día a día. Muy recomendable. es ya un clásico.
January 10, 2015
A stark slice of life story.
½ December 2, 2014
It's funny, moving and insightful and one of the best films I've seen in a while. A look at the Islamic Revolution in Iran through the eyes of a liberal-minded girl and her trials with both her own country and ones abroad.
Super Reviewer
½ November 17, 2014
An exploration of life from a true survivor. Gives you a interesting perspective from Iran, not often seen. Entertaining, touching and visually stunning.
November 7, 2014
One of the absolute most beautiful animated films that I have ever seen in my entire life.
October 6, 2014
Not for the young, but wildly illuminating and informative, yet still compelling and entertaining.
Wisely a true, heartfelt story given this unique animated treatment that blends seamlessly with the poignancy and depth needed to keep it interesting.

4 out of 5
½ September 29, 2014
Genial animación, jodida realidad =(
September 25, 2014
WarningOppression of women
½ August 31, 2014
The Middle East, in more recent years, is starting to become a place full of violent content. Everywhere one looks, there is a sense of fear and terror throughout, making it impossible to stay or even live. So getting a documented look at the place is tricky. Luckily, we have the 2007 animated feature "Persepolis" to show how life in the Middle East is uncomfortable. Based on the graphic novel of the same name by Marjane Satrapi, who also co-directs the movie, this breathtaking film showcases how strong animation can be for adults, and make something brilliant in return. "Persepolis" is a gritty look at how one woman saw through her eyes the radical changes of her country.

The story is told as an autobiographical tale of Marjane and her life growing up in Iran as a girl, and eventually as a woman in Europe. Unfortunately, Marjane sees many terrible things happen along the way. Things like the Islamic Revolution, the war between Iran and Iraq, being a foreigner in a new place, and many more. So, Marjane must adapt to the changes of society as she grows up into a woman trying to find her identity in this crazy world.

"Persepolis" is a fantastic film worthy of watching multiple times. As stated before, the story is an autobiographical piece of work, with a few fictional elements thrown in. As an American watching this movie, I can say that it is interesting to see a new perspective of a culture that's rarely shows its true nature. Despite the fact that the setting is in the Middle East, the whole film is spoken in French, which is a nice contrast to both language barriers of French and Arabic. Speaking of the language, the cast does a good job in the French version, portraying each character perfectly. The music sets the tone of the movie perfectly as the entire production is very dramatic. But what really sells the film is the animation. The majority of the film is done in black and white, with a few spots in color, making the movie very close to its graphic novel roots. It's mesmerizing, breathtaking, and beautiful to look at. Everything is well-designed and just gorgeous to look at.

One final note is that while the film is animated, this movie is definitely not for children. The subject matter of surviving through terrible times is very mature, as well as the themes present. In fact, there are a lot of thematic elements present, including strong language, violent and sexual situations, all of which are for the adult mind. This movie shows that there is a market for adult animated films to be made, this is a perfect example of it.

In conclusion, "Persepolis" is a fantastic film for adults, showing how the events at home can truly change a person.
½ August 27, 2014
Persepolis delicate-yet-daring scope shows an often overlooked, terrifying side about femininity when repression always strikes in different forms no matter where.
½ August 25, 2014
I can see why this sort-of dark animated film was nominated for Best Animated Feature. This French animated film has charming animation of a girl's view of Iran during the Iranian Revolution as she's growing up with comparable, coming-of age issues that some are sad to watch. (B)

(Full review coming soon)
August 2, 2014
Persepolis is astonishing, a revelation realized in masterful monochrome strokes.
August 1, 2014
Driven by hilariously weird dark comedy and emotionally heavy content, Persepolis is more than just a stylistic approach to animation, but a stylistic approach to cinematic storytelling
½ July 24, 2014
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. I remembered watching this movie years ago on a random film channel, and I watched it and overall I really liked it. I love the animation in this movie, it's so dark and so gritty at times. The voice acting is good and everything else is really well done and really made.
July 21, 2014
Beautiful, informative, personal, and alluring. It may not be as involving as the gn, but it stands on its own merits.
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