Persepolis is the poignant story of a young girl coming-of-age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It is through the eyes of precocious and outspoken nine year old Marjane that we see a people’s hopes dashed as fundamentalists take power – forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands. Clever and fearless, she outsmarts the “social guardians” and discovers punk, ABBA and Iron Maiden. Yet when her uncle is senselessly executed and as bombs fall around Tehran in the Iran/Iraq war, the daily fear that permeates life in Iran is palpable. As she gets older, Marjane’s boldness causes her parents to worry over her continued safety. And so, at age fourteen, they make the difficult decision to send her to school in Austria. Vulnerable and alone in a strange land, she endures the typical ordeals of a teenager. In addition, Marjane has to combat being equated with the religious fundamentalism and extremism she fled her country to escape.
Over time, she gains acceptance, and even experiences love, but after high school she finds herself alone and horribly homesick. Though it means putting on the veil and living in a tyrannical society, Marjane decides to return to Iran to be close to her family. After a difficult period of adjustment, she enters art school and marries, all the while continuing to speak out against the hypocrisy she witnesses. At age 24, she realizes that while she is deeply Iranian, she cannot live in Iran. She then makes the heartbreaking decision to leave her homeland for France, optimistic about her future, shaped indelibly by her past.
Persepolis is a 2007 award-winning animated film based on Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical comic book by the same name. The film won the Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. In her speech on receiving the Cannes award, Satrapi said “Although this film is universal, I wish to dedicate the prize to all Iranians.” It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
Born in 1970, Winshluss is the creator of numerous comics and graphic novels that have garnered awards and acclaim across Europe. Winshluss is the pen name of Vincent Parronnaud, perhaps best known as co-director of the animated film Persepolis (with Marjane Satrapi), which won the Jury Prize at Cannes and was nominated for numerous awards, including the Academy Award, Golden Globe and Cannes’ Palm d’Or. He and Satrapi are teaming up again to adapt Satrapi’s 2006 book "Chicken with Plums.”
Marjane Satrapi an Iranian-born French contemporary graphic novellist, illustrator, animated film director, and children’s book author. Apart from her native tongue Farsi, she speaks English, Swedish, German, French and Italian.
Satrapi grew up in Tehran where she attended the Lycée Français there and witnessed, as a child, the growing suppression of civil liberties and the everyday-life consequences of Iranian politics, including the fall of the Shah, the early regime of Ruhollah Khomeini, and the first years of the Iran-Iraq War. She experienced an Iraqi air raid and Scud missile attacks on Tehran. According to Persepolis, one Scud hit the house next to hers, killing her friend and entire family.
Satrapi attended the Lycée Français de Vienne
In 1983, at the age of 14 Satrapi was sent to Vienna, Austria by her parents in order to flee the Iranian regime. There she attended the Lycée Français de Vienne. According to her autobiographical graphic novel, Persepolis, she… read more
It has a memorable and likable protagonist, it can be a very mature movie without being too violent, dark or crude and it addresses and develops pretty well the social, political, cultural and religious themes surrounding the plot. I think my main problem with the film was the ending, not bad but it was too open and sort of anticlimactic. The drawing style its a little simple but the animation and visuals are great.
Animation as the shifting tableaux, in recreation of both Satrapi’s autobiographic, whirlwind adolescence, and its confines in the volatile historic upheaval adjacent. Yet her caustic depictions of her own coming-of-age and the contemporary Iranian ablution indeed lay entirely caricatured, ostensibly exacerbated by her personal intertwinement and retrograde assessment - nor is the specious charm of the nostalgic recollection and stylised palette enough to recompense for the prosaic diaspora, beyond merely slight cinematic digest.
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Le film se divise en trois grandes parties: Marjane en Iran pendant son enfance, Marjane envoyée en Autriche à l’adolescence et enfin le retour au pays où elle ira à l’université. La première partie… read review
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En regardant l’histoire sous un angle personnel, Persepolis conserve son âme, touchante et attendrissante. L’équilibre entre le rire et les larmes entre la dénonciation… read review
Satu film yang banyak diagungkan para kritik, atas nama kebebasan menyuarakan pendapat dan berkreasi, adalah film animasi karya sutradara asal Iran, Marjane Satrapi, yang berjudul Persepolis. Cerita… read review