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Persepolis-Movie Review *** 06/16/2010

Posted by Films to consider in Animated, French language film, Movies.

Persepolis (French) 2007

Winner, Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival
Winner, Freedom of Expression Award, National Board of Review
Winner, Best Animated Feature, New York Film Critics Circle; Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film, Golden Globes
Nominee, Best Animated Feature, Academy Awards

Directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
Based on an autobiographical comic book by Marjane Satrapi

This animated film tells the story of Marji, a spirited young girl, beginning with her life in Teheran in the late 70s during the overthrow of the Shah’s regime and ending with her move to France as a young woman. It captures the serious overtones of the period as well as the insight and humor in Marji’s approach to life. The story is exciting, funny, and dramatic, and much more emotionally captivating than I expected. I’ve seen it twice and enjoyed it as much the second time as I did the first. Highly recommended!

The animation was done by hand, a process which hadn’t been used in France for 20 years. Be sure to watch the Special Features for a greater appreciation of the animation process and of Satrapi’s personality.

96 min. Rated PG-13.

For a link to an interview with Satrapi on NPR:



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