Persepolis

{4.5/5} “It’s fear that makes us lose our self-awareness.”

Marjane is a young girl in Iran when the Shah is overthrown. Everyone is hopeful that the new government will be much better — unfortunately it turns out to be much worse. With the heavy restrictions on what you can say and do, and the war with Iraq, Iran is a dangerous place. Marjane’s parents decide to send her to school in Vienna, where she’ll be safe.

Persepolis was released in 2007. It’s a French animated movie based on an autobiographical graphic novel. The author, Marjane Satrapi, co-directed the movie.

The animation style is fairly minimalist and the bulk of the movie is in black and white — this style seems to suit the subject matter.

It’s a story about growing up — the movie goes through more than 10 years. It’s also a story about Iran, a useful story for people who don’t know much about it.

There are moments of humour but on the whole it’s fairly serious. I highly recommend it.

The only actor I’ve heard of in the voice cast is Catherine Deneuve (Repulsion), who plays Marjane’s mother. Chiara Mastroianni (Love Songs), who plays Marjane, is Deneuve’s daughter in real life.

The movie was directed by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi (also co-directors of Chicken with Plums).

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