★★★½ Watched by MARTIN BRADLEY 29 Aug, 2014

    What makes a great animated film? Is it the skill of the animators in creating images that convey to us a sense of magic or even realism or indeed both or does the skill lie in the writing, in the telling of the tale? The best graphic novels or cartoons don't often leap off the page at us; their greatness often lies in what they are saying, what they are telling us. The film PERSEPOLIS is based on the very…


  • Barbara Henry

    ★★★★★ Added by Barbara Henry

    PERSEPOLIS is far more affecting than I expected it to be, and its images stayed with me for several days as I theorized how it managed to get so deep into my psyche. There's something very powerful about animation that transcends the everyday and the barely noticeable. Add to that the universality of black-and-white (the symbology of dreams), and scenes that might have been relatively banal in live-action, living-color become immediate, vivid, and personal. The story of PERSEPOLIS is a…


  • TJ Ponder

    ★★★★ Added by TJ Ponder

    This is the first foreign film I've seen, and I was surprised by how much I liked it. Set against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution, it's a great story about finding yourself, and embracing where you come from.


  • Chad Brownstein

    ★★★★½ Watched by Chad Brownstein 24 Aug, 2014

    Near perfect film, except I gee tired of it's episodic nature. Rather than one continuous film it felt like many separate segments, though very good, thrown together.


  • Listenability

    ★★★½ Watched by Listenability 25 Aug, 2014

    Persepolis' best attribute is its animation, which is aesthetically fluid and unique yet allows all the characters to be distinctively recognizable despite a (mostly) black and white palette and simple art style. It's phenomenal and it's pretty sad that there's barely anything out there like it. The coming of age story in the first half is strong and well written, but it loses steam in the second half, where it's hard to connect with the protagonists struggles as it isn't well connected with the first half's foreign dictator setting in contrast to the protagonist's experience in Europe.


  • Imam Achmad

    ★★★★ Watched by Imam Achmad 23 Aug, 2014

    "The day before my departure, grandma came to sleep at home. 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."


  • purplescai

    Added by purplescai

    Fucking boring. Best parts were those without the main character, who doesn't "come of age" at all. Then it just ends at one point.


  • felixlemay

    ★★★★½ Added by felixlemay

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  • Alexson Philipiah

    ★★★½ Added by Alexson Philipiah

    A funny, moving and slightly haunting coming of age animated tale about an Iranian female during the Iranian Revolution. I found it a tad bit too fast paced and making light of serious events and the last quarter seemed almost somewhat aimless but as a whole, it's a pretty good movie. Beautifully animated. Black and white film lovers will have major boners for this film. Although I hope this film doesn't give people a basis to spew their anti Islam…


  • Joseph Connor

    Watched by Joseph Connor 05 Aug, 2014

    The turbulent childhood and young adult life of acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki are shown in a fascinating and emotional way in this movie based on the best-selling manga. While his past films have contained various Islamic themes, it is here that we see the full story of his nuanced relationship with religion and politics.

    Miyazaki's early years in Iran are depicted in such a way as to be both culturally informative and relatable to the average Western pig. While it…


  • MatthewLB

    ★★★★½ Watched by MatthewLB 24 Jul, 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…


  • Eugene McCrann

    ★★½ Added by Eugene McCrann

    Makes cute and light what's essentially a sprawling tirade against fundamentalist Islam and its sweeping despotism - which is clearly better than the alternative victimization drama. Fluff akin to "Shakespeare in 30 seconds" - in fact, Satrapi resorts to that exact model when she relays the history of British/Iranian relations - or, at best, Daria's trip to Europe. Trendy graphic novel grayscale has its advantages - the enhanced world flows through your retinas like a gazelle even when the plot…