Critic Consensus: Persepolis is an emotionally powerful, dramatically enthralling autobiographical gem, and the film's simple black-and-white images are effective and bold.
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as Marjane as Teenager and Adult
as Marjane's Mother Tadji
as (English Version)
as Marjane's Grandmother
as Ebi (English Version)
as Marjane's Father Ebi
as Uncle Anouche (English Version)
as Uncle Anouche
as Marjane (Child) (French Version)
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Critic Reviews for Persepolis
Persepolis is, in its way, a hymn to the enduring influence of family, particularly during a time in which the state is attempting to seize all hearts, minds and instincts for itself.
You could ask for a more hardcore adaptation of her bitterly funny, sad and angry book, I think, but not for a more enjoyable one.
Here is an adaptation so inspired, so simple and so frictionless in its transformation of the source material that it's almost a miracle.
An exuberant autobiographical film and dark-horse contender for an animated feature Oscar.
Audience Reviews for Persepolis
Just about as expected. In fact, I was prepared for worse experience while opting for it. It had too much in it that appealed me to stay away from it. But as usual, I couldn't ignore its high rating for ever (I did it for long, though). Of course, had it been a movie for kids, I might not have dared to go for it. A critically acclaimed animated autobiographical (give or take a little) flick that turned out to be no more than average for me.
This smart animated film tells the story of the Islamic revolution in Iran from the eyes of a open minded young girl, growing up to be a woman both inside and abroad of the country. That's surprisingly informative as a history lesson, both funny and dark and realistic at times, but always striking the right tone. While the animation always stays simplistic, the main character easily engages the audience and makes you care for her voyage and the story of her home. Only the ending comes off as a bit anticlimatic, but that doesn't take anything away from the importance and charm of the film. Very well done.
Intimacy with the history of Iran, the Islamic Revolution through an animated autobiography by and of Marjane Satrapi, a witness to the oppression of civil and women rights in Iran. Persepolis is visually beautiful, and socially, culturally, and politically reflective. Significant.
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