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Persepolis or Growing Up With a Good Plot

Posted by MP / January 11, 2008

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Movies about growing up, either in two-dimensional Iran or three-dimensional Canada, and under somebody’s heel or as a latchkey kid, always comfort me for some reason. Childhood is mysteriously full of problems regardless of where you had it. I wonder if that’s what this film meant to express?

Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Parannaud’s Persepolis is based on Satrapi’s graphic novel (one, two or four parts.) Set in the 70s and 80s, it covers her childhood and adolescence with attitude, through Iran, school in Austria, a return, and finally self-exile to France.

Historical events are indistinguishable from personal ones beginning with 1979 when youth and revolutionary ideas sweep the Shah from power. A hopeful spring is followed by the election of a repressive Islamic state, and the young Marjane, meanwhile, is coming into her own. But even under this new heel, she is a little sheltered, I think, by her family’s money and connections. There are parties and punk music, such troublesome stuff. She's sent to Austria when things get dangerous, and like an adult reflecting back on childhood, Marjane then sees Iran in a different way. Disillusioned with the West where "you can die in the street and nobody cares," she returns to Iran.

Persepolis moves very fast for a 95min film, and the touching moments fly by. I found it beautiful, too, with a slightly restrained look that’s true to the two-tone original.

Playing at Ex-Centris 13h15/15h15/17h15/19h15/21h15 daily until January 18. In French with English subtitles.

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The Publics / January 11, 2008 at 07:22 pm
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Dope movie, slick, original animation style.
phil lambert / January 13, 2008 at 11:56 am
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great movie and great book too!
golu dolls / February 26, 2019 at 10:57 pm
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nice post
kanchipuramsarees / February 26, 2019 at 10:57 pm
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nice post
kanchipuramsarees / February 26, 2019 at 10:57 pm
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nice post
herbal powder / February 26, 2019 at 10:59 pm
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nice post

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