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."
NEW YORK PREMIERE AT NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL 2007 IN THEATRES DECEMBER 25, 2007 (Limited)
PERSEPOLIS presents a deeply personal coming-of-age tale about finding one's place in the world. Based on her bestselling graphic novel, Marjane Satrapi teamed up with underground comic book artist Vincent Paronnaud to co-direct this animated big screen adaptation. The result is an electrifying, heartfelt, and original portrait of a spunky girl who surmounts countless obstacles to grow into a wise young adult. Marjane (voiced by Chiara Mastroianni) is an innocent nine-year-old living in Iran, surrounded by a loving but incredibly protective mother (Catherine Deneuve) and father (Simon Abkarian). She finds comfort in the carefree spirit of her loving grandmother (Danielle Darrieux), as well as music by artists as diverse as ABBA and Iron Maiden. When Marjane's uncle is killed in the Iran/Iraq war, her parents send her to school in Austria, where she can study in safety. The only trouble is that her Middle Eastern appearance frightens people, giving her a harsh lesson in racial prejudice. Somehow, Marjane's fiery spirit doesn't succumb to any of the negativity. Eventually, she returns home to Iran to be closer with her family. But even though she settles into married life, the tyrannical pressures of Iranian society force her to abandon her country once again, sending her to France on another journey. Satrapi and Paronnaud retain the stark, spare animated style of the graphic novels that inspired the film. This is a wise decision: the less specific they get in their visual presentation, the more universal their story becomes. PERSEPOLIS gives viewers several movies in one. It is equal parts coming-of-age story, history lesson, and an animated adventure tale.
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.
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