• 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…

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  • 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…

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  • Fesapo

    ★★★★ Watched by Fesapo 27 Jan, 2008

    89/100

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  • Aleksandar Kirkovski

    ★★★★★ Watched by Aleksandar Kirkovski 27 Jun, 2014

    A still from the film

    Why did I wait so long to see this? I've had it for a quite while, but for some reason I didn't think it would live up to the praise it got. Well ... I was wrong and it did. Actually, it is one of the best animated films ever made.

    It's biopic film that shows a cruel plot on how live was and is in Iran, but always has some jokes to light up…

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  • Kezia Hutabarat

    ★★★ Added by Kezia Hutabarat

    If you had read the book before you watched the film, you would be bored to death by this film.

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  • Steven Cohen

    ★★★★½ Watched by Steven Cohen 24 Jun, 2014

    Persepolis is an engaging lesson on social and political history in Iran, while also telling a great coming-of-age story. I read the first half of Satrapi's graphic memoir in college, and am very impressed by its translation to screen. The animation is outstanding, and the voice acting - though not in any language I speak - is affecting.

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  • Rodney Sedgwick

    ★★★★½ Watched by Rodney Sedgwick 23 Jun, 2014

    ''Fear lulls our minds to sleep.''

    Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi (based on her autobiographical graphic novels), bring to filmic life a wonderfully entertaining animated work that startles with its brutal honesty and juggles an array of delicate themes as we are drawn into the coming of age story of a young woman against the backdrop of revolution in Iran. As politically charged as it is blackly funny (the word c#@t is used liberally) the stunning animated world envelopes and…

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  • Mocha Latte

    ★★★★★ Watched by Mocha Latte 17 Jun, 2014

    "May God exterminate those barbarians."
    "May God hear you."

    It's paralyzing to realize that for some, the generation before them had more freedoms than they grew up with. Amazing.

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  • Jeff Broitman

    ★★★★ Watched by Jeff Broitman 09 Jun, 2014

    I have heard of Marjane Satrapi's 4-volume graphic novel, and known what a masterpiece it is considered to be. Also, I happened to have stumbled onto another Satrapi & Paronnaud film, Chicken with Plums,(reviewed it January 26th) randomly, and thoroughly enjoyed its storybook quality, animation, and bold production design.
    Their first collaboration was this faithful adaptation, and Satrapi's voice and spirit come through the original animation, utilizing simple flat drawings, black & white (and infinite grays), and a deeply emotional autobiographical journey.…

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  • Bryan Colley

    ★★★ Added by Bryan Colley

    A pretty film that was far too simplistic for me, but would probably be embraced by teenage girls and young women who will identify with it more than I did. It also depicts life in Iran in a way that's universal and easy to understand, and it's surprising how much American culture has infiltrated (infested?) their lives. All that's missing was McDonald's. It's hard to make a mature, animated drama, but this film succeeds. Script by Marjane Satrapi and director Vincent Paronnaud.

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  • Sarfaraz Abbasi

    ★★★ Added by Sarfaraz Abbasi

    Persepolis French animation film directed by Marjane Strapi and Vincent Paronnaud. The film is based on the autobiographical graphic novel of the same name by Marjane Satrapi. The film co-won Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival in 2007 - the movie also received Best Animation Feature nomination at Academy.

    Plot of the movie is about a well-to-do young girl whose family pets the ideas of communism, to face the despotic Reza Shah Pehlvi of Iran; but the sudden emergence of…

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  • Bill Shannon

    ★★★ Added by Bill Shannon

    The most striking thing about this coming-of-age story of a young woman's experience before and after the Iranian Revolution, is that it happened only thirty years prior. That such a caliphate could be created in the modern 1970s is terrifying. The story of one young woman's struggles within this system -- both as a resident and as a student abroad -- are less compelling (bordering on narcissistic, considering her fate was mere ennui, compared to the horror of her countrymen),…

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