The most poignant moment in that regard is when Marji is with her friends in Vienna, and they're complaining about a newly elected official, and it just focuses on her face as she thinks about the self-appointed dictator she was all too familiar with back home. This is a great film, everyone should see it.
So heartfelt and moving, and beautifully drawn. The story of Marjane and her country felt universally relatable to me, even if I feel like I'm a very different person from her, and distant from her culture. That's how you recognize a good portrait, after all. Too bad it doesn't end.
Anim’est 12 Captivating blend between the Iran-Iraq War & Iranian Revolution events and the effects they had on the personal lives of local inhabitants, coherent and easy-to-follow journey to maturation of the protagonist, apparently simple but well-constructed animation. Flaws would be the graphic symbolism and war-driven imagery, which are thrown into the film using an “in your face” technique, way too obviously.
The final act drags longer than I'd like. It feels like it needs to wrap up with Marjane being depressed and overcoming it but regardless it's a great coming of age story among a revolution with a pleasing comic book B & W art style. The political side didn't hit me that much, 'Waltz with Bashir' had a more thought provoking aspect but seeing the change in a country from one perspective is still food for thought.
Loved how different the movie and the book made me feel, even tough the adaptation is as faithful as could be. Also, I watched it while traveling so it brought a whole other meaning to it, as Marjane constantly moves from city to city, from house to house. I felt that the word "home" meant nothing to her, by the end of it. I hope I never feel like that ever.