• Tedi Moci

    ★★★½ Watched by Tedi Moci 29 Apr, 2016

    April 2016 Scavenger Hunt
    Film #21
    Task #9: A film featuring religious/spiritual views you disagree with.
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    Persepolis is an autobiographical film by Marjane Satrapi, based on her graphic novel. The film follows the life Marjane Satrapi from childhood to adulthood, while exploring the changes in the Iranian society during and after the Islamic revolution.

    The film is presented in black-and-white. The art is simple and has the same style as the graphic novels. This simplistic approach to the presentation…

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  • Red_Dufresne

    ★★★★ Watched by Red_Dufresne 27 Apr, 2016

    For some reason this film reminded me a lot of Au revoir, les enfants. Both films are coming of age tales where the protagonist has to learn many of life's truths during a contentious and war torn period in history. I loved the crudeness of the animation that lent a sense of grittiness and fantastical realism to the film. Marjane's story is truly awe-inspiring and if you enjoyed Waltz with Bashir, this film should also be your cup of tea.

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  • Shayak Bhattacharyya

    ★★★★ Watched by Shayak Bhattacharyya 12 Apr, 2016

    Never forget who you are and where you're from

    A truly remarkable movie about the changing Iranian society and life from the eyes of a child. One of the most poignant periods in modern history narrated very beautifully and make the journey worth it.

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  • Zac Goldkind

    ★★★ Watched by Zac Goldkind 07 Mar, 2016

    Micro-Review:

    It's the lack of conveying anything interesting through a well-told autobiographical recounting of war and transition where such a well perceived notion comes up short. It's wildly enjoyable, however bias its perspective might be, and the antithesis to Argo's most 'redeeming' portrayal of the population in a time of complex distress.

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  • ArizonaJim

    ★★★ Added by ArizonaJim

    I think the problem is that I don’t like cartoons. Rabbits and coyotes are O.K., but it’s the people: they all wear masks, their faces show no emotion. Of course, in Persepolis emotions are shown through the expressions of the whole body, the stance and movement of the figures, but I find it crude, it lacks the sense of detail gained through an actual face. In some ways I like the history lessons during the earlier parts of the film,…

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  • Jay

    ★★★ Watched by Jay 31 Mar, 2016

    There wasn’t too much I loved about this film, but some things were notable. I really liked the animation style and how they made it resemble the original graphic novels. I also liked the use of black and white and how it indicated flashbacks. I was surprised to see Catherine Deneuve in the credits. I’ve seen her before in Repulsion and Dancer in the Dark, but never a french film. This film as a whole reminded me of the 2011…

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  • Craig Hart

    ★★★★ Added by Craig Hart

    A refreshing change of pace in the current trend of animation, the bulk of which is crowded out with computer-generated or anime-derivative mediocrity. Based on the graphic novels of the same name, "Persepolis" is the story of Marjane Satrapi, a young Persian girl growing up before, in, around, and after the Islamic Revolution in Iran (specifically Tehran) during the late 1970's/early 1980's. She and her family are fairly political but not religious, and it's not long before the promises of…

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  • Bob Hovey

    ★★★★ Watched by Bob Hovey 26 Mar, 2016

    Coming of age, political history and feminine self-determination amidst political turmoil all come together in a humorous and touching way in this animated film based on Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novel. I'm not sure I can really find anything to find fault with... it is vibrant and real in it's treatment of growing up in a loving family and brilliantly portrays the central character's intelligence and determination without neglecting to show us her less flattering qualities. There's a remarkable honesty…

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  • César Galicia

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by César Galicia 09 Mar, 2016

    De como hay personas a quienes la vida aliena tanto que terminan siendo simultáneamente extranjeras y ciudadanas de todo el mundo.

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  • Farah

    ★★★★★ Added by Farah

    One of my favourite books of all time. Even though I thought it was slightly better than the movie, the latter is still mind-blowing.

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  • PANightmares

    ★★★★★ Watched by PANightmares 25 Mar, 2016

    Wow.
    Really well done, interesting and bittersweet funny.
    A true story that has so much to teach to us.

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  • EvanstonDad

    ★★★★½ Added by EvanstonDad

    Do not dismiss "Persepolis" as only being a cartoon. It's animated in the sense that it's not live action, but it's more serious minded and sophisticated than many a live action film out there.

    Marjane Satrapi wrote the source material on which this film is based, and she's its main character. It documents her troubled coming of age during a period when her home country (Iran) was experiencing a severe identity crisis. Sent to Europe by her parents when the…

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