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4.0 out of 5 stars Revolution, war and exile from a personal, family history perspective
Persepolis is a black and white animation about a young Iranian woman's experience of revolution, war and exile, told from a personal, family history perspective. I enjoyed the film very much. It is well narrated and visually warm with excellent execution.
I particularly liked her recollection of her conversations with her uncle, who describes the idealism...
Published on 28 May 2008 by Mr Ulster
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3.0 out of 5 stars Iran, a tight ship.
Initially very engaging and the black and white animation is quite expressive and beautiful. The first part of the story outlines the rise and fall of the Shah, the Revolution and Marjane Satrapi's childhood. To this end the film is very compelling, but I felt it flagged a bit during the second half. The free spirited child and confused adolescent far from home are a lot...
Published on 9 Aug 2010 by Mr. David M. Curry
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3.0 out of 5 stars beginners guide to Iran,
This review is from: Persepolis  [DVD] (DVD)I didn't really know much about Iran before I watched this film. It does give quite a straightforward guide to the revolution and what middle class life must have been like around that time. That's also helpful in understanding what's going on today. However, there isn't enough here for a feature film and the 'personal story' side of it is a bit light. The animation is lovely and that's what makes it worth watching as a film, rather than choosing a documentary about Iran. Without the animation it would be too insubstantial. So worth watching, but don't expect too much - it certainly isn't 'the best political film ever', or whatever some critics have claimed.
4.0 out of 5 stars Persepolis,
This review is from: Persepolis  [DVD] (DVD)`Persepolis' is a simply drawn, yet powerful animation that, mainly in black and white, develops the story using bold silhouettes and simple lines. This film follows Marji as she grows up amidst the turmoil and history of the Iranian revolution. It initially explores the politics of that region at that time, before looking at life in Europe where Marji goes into exile. Finally Marji returns to Iran and you experience the alienation and dissatisfaction she feels as she tried to readjust to Iranian life. As a child Marji is inquisitive and endearing and her sense of independence, although lost at times, is never far below the surface as she grows up. This film has many funny moments that juxtaposes with the sadder themes of the film to make both more resonant and although the film is quite dark and bleak at time, it is important to the overall feel. Saying that, there are numerous small visual touches that add to the humour and charm within this film and make watching it a true delight. Exploring important themes in a charming, eloquent and insightful way, `Persepolis' makes for exceptional animated art and required viewing if you're a fan of the genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional,
This review is from: Persepolis  [DVD] (DVD)Enchanting, moving, telling tale of growing up. Don't be an animation snob - this is a film everyone should see, worthy of the reviews given by the experts and an eye-opener on recent historical events in the Middle East. It is also beautifully drafted artistry that will grab you from start to finish.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very original,
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This review is from: Persepolis  [DVD] (DVD)Very entertaining while being instructive at the same time. Thoroughly enjoyable. Definately recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, loved it, loved it.,
This review is from: Persepolis  [DVD] (DVD)Book was great, movie is brilliant. Funny, gripping, insightful, sad, beautiful. It ticks all the boxes. Unless you're averse to animation and/or foreign films, get it, sit back, and enjoy!
4.0 out of 5 stars An animation for adults,
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This review is from: Persepolis  [DVD] (DVD)This wistful autobiographical animation is a narration of one person's experiences of the Iranian Revolution and its aftermath. In passing it confirms how unfortunate it can be to get what you have wished for - most of those who wanted the Shah gone either regret it now, or else are dead. A serious and certainly not cheery film, but one that is well worth seeing.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest political films of all times,
This review is from: Persepolis  [DVD] (DVD)One of the greatest political films of all times. It engages with recent Iranian history with the necessary amount of critical distance, engagement, humour and sorrow. It is extremely funny and moving. Both me and my husband watched it with tears in our eyes from the start. It does what very few films nowadays do: it tackles head on the big politics and ideologies of the last three decades, while providing an insight into everyday lives. A wonderful film.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film!,
This review is from: Persepolis  [DVD] (DVD)Highly to recommmend for anyone who is interested in a combination of anime and history, politics and life conditions of people in Iran! Superb!
5.0 out of 5 stars Massive Film!,
This review is from: Persepolis  [DVD] (DVD)The only qualm i had is one that other reviewers have mentioned, and that is that the harsh political oppressive parts aren't detailed enough but the info is still very relevant, and will lead you to more telling information if you are willing to look.
I can always happily sit through serious films with no worries or boredom but this was broken up with some great humour, and (obviously) great animation which will certainly make it watchable for those who aren't primarily interested in the central issues of the film.
Awesome soundtrack too.
5.0 out of 5 stars The finest directed animation ever?,
This review is from: Persepolis  [DVD] (DVD)Marji grows up living through the Iran revolution with many difficulties coming of age by moving out and exploring different places and lifestyles.
Based on Marjane Satrapi's novel, Persepolis explores the difficulties of war, the pressures of growing up and the political agendas that cost lives in an already troubled society and not only is this an Oscar nominated picture, not only is this a fine adaptation, this is one of the finest animations to ever appear on screen and considering the lengths of Pixar's Toy Story among others, this was a challenge that was pulled off in stunning fashion to equal the Perfect Pixar geniuses.
Taking the dramatic story of the young girl and turning it into an animation was an interesting choice of autobiography for Satrapi and further turning it into a major motion picture shows her charisma and bravery to reflect on the past, which is reflected through the young Marji we see on screen. Curious, energetic and impatient may seem like a description of any ordinary young child but Marji has something special about her. It is the effort she puts in and her strong opinionated beliefs that separate her into a stand alone figure. The fact that she has good and bad times helps viewers associate with the protagonist and through her beliefs and reflections we are told what is an informative and entertaining story.
The beginning opens with a highly informative reflection of Marji's life and how she is growing up with the politics of Iran destroying the family's beliefs. Strong and opinionated, this opening is quite fast to take everything in at once and requires another watch to grasp all the facts but after 20 minutes the pace slows and we can appreciate the delicacy of the time as we see a truly sentimental between the child and her Uncle, which shows the animation isn't afraid to voice its opinions. Growing up Marji tackles life's challenges and it's a wonderful journey to observe.
Persepolis is made into an Oscar nomination through its touching story and effective animation. But it is the direction that makes it so unique and interesting. Every scene is directed in a different way, high shots, low shots, a figure on a black backdrop, a fighting sequence and so many more this has to be the most surprising and equally entertaining directions of an animation, and probably of 2007.
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Persepolis  [DVD] by Marjane Satrapi (DVD - 2008)