Persepolis

Director: Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud  Rated: PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned for Children Under 13
Persepolis
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 53 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2007
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Interviews: 2007 Cannes Film Festival Press Conference Q & A with Cast and Crew
    • Animated Scene Comparisons
    • Behind the Scenes of Persepolis: The Recording of the English version
    • Featurette: The Hidden Side of Persepolis: The Making of the French Version
    • Audio Commentary:
      1. Marjane Satrapi, Creator
      2. Vincent Paronnaud
      3. Chiara Mastoianni

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Directed by &
Screenwriting by &
Composition by
Produced by &
Voice: , , , , &

Major Awards:

Cannes 2007 - Jury Prize

Entertainment Reviews:

Film Comment - 11/01/2007
"Mixing memoir, history, and childhood fantasy, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's PERSEPOLIS glides effortlessly from one realm to another."
New York Times - 12/26/2007
"[A] tale that unfolds with such grace, intelligence and charm that you almost take the wondrous aspects of its execution for granted."
Box Office - 01/01/2008
"By turns lyrical, serious, funny and acerbic, PERSEPOLIS raises the bar for animation and illustrates the true power of storytelling in illuminating the world and its conflicts."
Los Angeles Times - 12/25/2007
"[I]t's a paean to the universality of human experience, a testament to the endurance of individuality during great political and fanatical upheaval..."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/18/2008
"[T]he sassy, nonchalant juxtaposition of political and personal specificity in PERSEPOLIS is a marvel." -- Grade: A
Rolling Stone - 01/24/2008
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "It's a mind-blower. Using a few deft strokes of her black pen, Satrapi brings a whole world to life."
Empire - 05/01/2008
4 stars out of 5 -- "This largely black-and-white, defiantly undetailed and sometimes stylised film could have been made at any point since the dawn of cinema, and yet it's a thoroughly modern affair."
Total Film - 06/01/2008
4 stars out of 5 -- "[S]martly wry, searching and truthful....The confidence of this self-portrait proves one thing: Satrapi sure found her creative vocation."
Sight and Sound - 05/01/2008
"[A] movie made up of small, telling moments that gifts us with much larger truths."
Uncut - 06/01/2008
3 stars out of 5 -- "PERSEPOLIS offers an excellent, child's-eye guide to recent Iranian history."

Product Description:

Persepolis is the poignant story of a young girl coming-of-age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It is through the eyes of precocious and outspoken nine-year-old Marjane that we see a people's hopes dashed as fundamentalists take power - forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands. Clever and fearless, she outsmarts the "social guardians" and discovers punk, ABBA and Iron Maiden. Yet when her uncle is senselessly executed and as bombs fall around Tehran in the Iran/Iraq war the daily fear that permeates life in Iran is palpable. As she gets older, Marjane's boldness causes her parents to worry over her continued safety. And so, at age fourteen, they make the difficult decision to send her to school in Austria. Vulnerable and alone in a strange land, she endures the typical ordeals of a teenager. In addition, Marjane has to combat being equated with the religious fundamentalism and extremism she fled her country to escape. Over time, she gains acceptance, and even experiences love, but after high school she finds herself alone and horribly homesick. Though it means putting on the veil and living in a tyrannical society, Marjane decides to return to Iran to be close to her family. After a difficult period of adjustment, she enters art school and marries, all the while continuing to speak out against the hypocrisy she witnesses. At age 24, she realizes that while she is deeply Iranian, she cannot live in Iran. She then makes the heartbreaking decision to leave her homeland for France, optimistic about her future, shaped indelibly by her past.

Source: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Description by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment:

Persepolis is the poignant story of a young girl coming-of-age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It is through the eyes of precocious and outspoken nine-year-old Marjane that we see a people's hopes dashed as fundamentalists take power - forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands. Clever and fearless, she outsmarts the "social guardians" and discovers punk, ABBA and Iron Maiden. Yet when her uncle is senselessly executed and as bombs fall around Tehran in the Iran/Iraq war the daily fear that permeates life in Iran is palpable. As she gets older, Marjane's boldness causes her parents to worry over her continued safety. And so, at age fourteen, they make the difficult decision to send her to school in Austria. Vulnerable and alone in a strange land, she endures the typical ordeals of a teenager. In addition, Marjane has to combat being equated with the religious fundamentalism and extremism she fled her country to escape. Over time, she gains acceptance, and even experiences love, but after high school she finds herself alone and horribly homesick. Though it means putting on the veil and living in a tyrannical society, Marjane decides to return to Iran to be close to her family. After a difficult period of adjustment, she enters art school and marries, all the while continuing to speak out against the hypocrisy she witnesses. At age 24, she realizes that while she is deeply Iranian, she cannot live in Iran. She then makes the heartbreaking decision to leave her homeland for France, optimistic about her future, shaped indelibly by her past.

Plot Keywords:

Animation | Anime | Based On A Novel | Family Life | France | Theatrical Release | True Story

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