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Iran, a tight ship.
on 9 August 2010
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 easier to sympathise with than the morose woman Satrapi becomes, especially after her return to Iran. It has to be said the poor girl has a knack for choosing the wrong man.
It's definately worth a rental, but the story on the whole (beyond the first half) is not anything out of the ordinary.