Fleming adapts her own graphic novel here using a number of different Iranian animators to tell her story of a young Canadian girl of Chinese and Persian descent (though speaking neither) who finds herself invited to an Iranian poetry festival where questions of her past may be resolved. Lacks the depth one would hope for but its central conceit keeps one enthralled. Voice casting is hit and miss.
After finally catching this, the hype is wholly confusing. The animation and overall style is scatter-shot in a sense that feels directionless and amateur, not stylistic and auteur-driven. The key voices are okay, but the rest are amateur - to a distracting degree. The overall pace (or, the edit) has so much dead air and awkwardly dull pauses that it's genuinely hard to pay attention to the one-note story.
A beautifully animated and colourful narrative dealing with self-discovery, knowledge, and art. A young girl with little knowledge of the world nor of her past, her family, or her culture, attends a festival in Iran where her perspective and conscience will be awakened by the experiences she encounters and the knowledge she receives
80/100 – Great.