Persepolis

Persepolis

DVD - 2008
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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.
Audience: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Publisher: [S.l.] : Sony Pictures, 2008
Branch Call Number: DVD FOREIGN PERSEPOLIS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sd., col ; 4 3/4 in

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tsk5
Sep 10, 2017

It's a good movie and esp if you know the french language - the nuances and history. If not a lesson for sure - makes you feel involved and the making should be seen to better understand it too.

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KatherineHere
Jun 10, 2016

English subtitles as well as English speaking.

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nerdybirdy_0
Oct 05, 2015

r there english subtitles?

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BlackTiger
Aug 03, 2015

Extraordinary overview of the causes of modern political strife in Iran, told by a coming of age young girls point of view. A great bridge for recognizing our common humanity. I hope writers around the world will take note of this genre and produce like work for sharing the truth of divisive causes, whatever they be. Not for small children.

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nanaseven432
Sep 03, 2014

I really liked this movie! The art was really cool and though the story was depressing, I could understand the girl's struggle in this new environment. Some parts had me confused because I had to pay attention to the subtitles.

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Old_Toto
Aug 02, 2014

French bias here: French directors can start movies but they have not learned how to finish them. It is obvious that Marj is far from being a poor Iranian as she leaves Iran by air to Vienna whenever the political heat is on and returns when it is off on visa and cash courtesy of her father. Papa must have a lot of political juice as well as money. Old_Toto wishes he could leave for Vienna or Paris. In any case, it was interesting to see the modern history of Iran through the eyes of a pouty faced, maturing female where females are subordinate to all other classes of males.

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Nintendork723
Aug 01, 2014

The overall tone of the movie was more depressing than I expected and it ended a bit too soon. But the art direction was amazing, the lead character Marjane was charming, and it was fascinating to watch her perspective of the Islamic Revolution unfold. This being a true story only makes it even better. (Review originally published on my Rotten Tomatoes account.)

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3reading4stem2011
Jun 16, 2014

Despite the simplicity of the Animation this is a very nice Autobiographical story of what it was like to grow up in another country. I think that it is a good story to share with Children whom are old enough to understand.

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PdLorinel
Mar 26, 2013

A very well-done film, based upon and true to the autobiographical graphic novels of the same name. Also contains the worst (and funniest) rendition of "Eye of the Tiger" that you wll ever hear - my daughter was singing that song off-key for weeks after.

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Lizard42
Dec 09, 2012

Beautifully crafted, very moving story. A good, approachable way to learn about a hard time and place, though it is still emotionally pretty wrenching.

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