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Persepolis

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France, USA

2007

Rated PG-13 • 1h 35m

Director Marjane Satrapi

Starring Chiara Mastroianni, Danielle Darrieux, Catherine Deneuve, Simon Abkarian

Genre Animation, Drama

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When the Shah falls amidst the 1979 Iranian Revolution, Marjane Satrapi's insurgent family is thrilled. As Marji grows up, however, she witnesses firsthand how the new Iran---now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists---has become a repressive tyranny of its own. And, no matter where she runs to, she can't escape the feeling that she doesn't belong.

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Jamie Bitz Profile picture for Jamie Bitz

I'm not usually one for this style of animation, but something about Persepolis just works; the animation captures everything from her youthful exuberance to her intense loneliness with masterful use of color. Although it features poignant moments from Iranian history, the story is so achingly universal: we have all been Marji. It's definitely a must see.

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Village Voice by

Persepolis is a small landmark in feature animation. Not because of technical innovation--though it moves fluidly enough, and its drawings have a handcrafted charm forgotten in the era of the cross-promoted-to-saturation CGI-'toon juggernauts--but because it translates a sensitive, introspective, true-to-life, "adult" comic story into moving pictures.
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The New Yorker by Anthony Lane

There is no denying the boldness of Persepolis, both in design and in moral complaint, but there must surely be moments, in Marjane’s life as in ours, that cry out for cross-hatching and the grown-up grayness of doubt.
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Los Angeles Times by Carina Chocano

A familiar story set in an unfamiliar context, it's a paean to the universality of human experience, a testament to the endurance of individuality during great political and fanatical upheaval, and a reminder that even the most complex situations, identities and stories are heartbreakingly simple.
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USA Today by Claudia Puig

Cinematic poetry in black and white. It also is a deeply affecting tale of the power of resilience and an unflagging sense of humor through the worst of situations
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Newsweek by David Ansen

It's not to be missed in any language. In a year that has given us such marvelous animated movies as "Ratatouille" and "Paprika," this vibrant, sly and moving personal odyssey takes pride of place.

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