Persepolis ★★★½

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 over. Maybe the better option would have been to adapt each volume of the book into a separate movie, but as it is Persepolis is still an interesting story of a compelling life told from a provocative point-of-view.

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