Persepolis

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Released 2007

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Director:
Unknown
Released:
2007
Rating:
PG-13

Persepolis is an autobiographical French-language animated feature about coming of age as a woman in revolutionary Iran. Marjane Satrapi (Chiara Mastroianni) is only nine years old when the 1978 uprising against the Shah of Iran begins. The young Marjane wants to participate in the revolution and begins lashing out at the children of government officials, but stops when she receives a nighttime visit from God. God tells Marjane that she must be forgiving and she should never take justice into her own hands. Inspired by her religious experience, Marjane resolves to become a prophet when she grows up. Her middle-class family joins the waves of protesters in the streets, but when the Shah is overthrown in 1979 their hopes for a free and open Iran vanish. They find that Ayatollah Khomeini's new Islamic Fundamentalist regime is not so different from the Shah's monarchy, and soon both Marjane's faith and family are devastated by Khomeini's cruel edicts.

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  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Persepolis, austere as it may look, is full of warmth and surprise, alive with humor and a fierce independence of spirit.

  • 90

    Variety Lisa Nesselson

    This autobiographical tour de force is completely accessible and art of a very high order.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times 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 fanati...

Sean Penn

Sean Penn

Star

Gena Rowlands

Gena Rowlands

Marjane's grandmother (voice: English version)

Catherine Deneuve

Catherine Deneuve

Star

Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop

Uncle Anouche (voice: English version)

Chiara Mastroianni

Chiara Mastroianni

Star

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Categories

Animation, Drama

Themes

Biography, Anime