• Greg Dorr

    ★★★½ Watched by Greg Dorr 15 May, 2015

    Persepolis looks beautiful, with a fluid and expressionistic style of animation based on Satrapi's distinct drawings from the books. As a book reader, I found it enjoyable, but not exactly gripping. The film's narrative felt underdeveloped; a lot has been added — including a substantial increase in the amount and magnitude of swearing compared to the books' sparse and relatively mild expletives — but nothing of great impact, and in exchange most of the stages of Satrapi's life are glossed…

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  • SJHoneywell

    ★★★★½ Added by SJHoneywell

    When identity
    is tied to culture, what if
    You lose that culture?

    1001plus.blogspot.com/2015/05/iran-so-far-away.html

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  • carrahu

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by carrahu 02 May, 2015

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  • Andrée

    ★★★★★ Watched by Andrée 16 May, 2015

    This film is beyond brilliant. :)

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  • Jordan Smith

    Added by Jordan Smith

    Doesn't feel as relentlessly bleak as it should due to you wanting Marjane to pull through every single shitty situation she gets herself in. It's really lovely and - although its story isn't anywhere near as horrific as this - reminded me of The Missing Picture in that its creator uses animation as a way to wince through painful memories. The animation is beautiful and there's several affecting sequences, particularly the floating car scene and the hilarious "Eye of the…

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  • kurt k

    ★★★★★ Watched by kurt k 10 Oct, 2012

    i read the book too and let me just say that marjane satrapi is amazing and needs to be protected

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  • Alex

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Alex 20 Apr, 2015

    One of the most rich and full portraits of an individual aging into adulthood I've ever seen. You'd think you'd experienced the full breadth of one's life until you realize the film ends with Marjane beginning her adulthood in her early twenties.

    I adore this film with every fiber of my being.

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  • SunshineRose

    ★★★★★ Added by SunshineRose

    A smart, rebellious and courageous woman looking for a home in a world filled with borders.

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  • Kikuchisawa

    ★★★★ Watched by Kikuchisawa 28 Apr, 2015

    A slow-paced film, but a great one, with colorful characters, funny dialogue, and beautiful animation.

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  • syxxpac

    ★★★★½ Added by syxxpac

    Don't let the crude animation fool you - this is very much an emotionally and politically complex masterpiece if there ever was one. Its richly realized ideas and sheer humanity breaks through the simplicity of its animated world with painful realism and poignancy. Co-director and creator Marjane Satrapi uses an array of autobiographical elements from her own life growing up in Iran - from the Islamic Revolution in the '70's to the Iran/Iraq war and her subsequent abdication to Europe…

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  • Justin Willis

    ★★★★ Watched by Justin Willis 21 Apr, 2015 3

    Insightful and interesting, Persepolis offers a unique look into the hormones and struggles of a teenage girl. The animation is spectacular and helps to tackle the movie's more meaty content with grace. The characters are deep and interesting, mostly because this story is a autobiographical tale. I went into this movie blind and was completely caught off guard when I realized it was an animated film about an evolving Iran. The theme is about how to be proud of your…

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  • Anton Bitel

    Added by Anton Bitel

    First published by EyeforFilm

    A modern young woman enters Paris' Orly airport, dons a veil in the bathroom, and joins a queue for flights to Tehran – but just as she is about to purchase her ticket, she freezes, retreats, and sinks disconsolately into a bench. She can no longer bring herself to return to her homeland, but her memories take her back there anyway - back to her childhood, to a life lived under both the Shah and the…

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