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Persepolis

 (12A)
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  Persepolis Review
Tookey's Rating
5 /10
 
Average Rating
7.57 /10
 
Starring
With the voices of: Marjane: Chiara Mastroianni Tadji: Catherine Deneuve Ebi: Simon Abkarian Grandma: Danielle Darrieux Anouche: Francois Jerosme ,
 

Directed by: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi
Written by: Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. Based on the graphic novels by Satrapi

 
 
 
Released: 2007
   
Genre: DRAMA
COMIC STRIP
RITES-OF-PASSAGE
COMEDY
   
Origin: France
   
Colour: C
   
Length: 98
 
 


 
Persepolis was nominated for an animation Oscar at last year’s Academy Awards, and visually it’s an arresting account – based on an autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi - of growing up as a woman in Iran. There are two amusing sequences, when our heroine undergoes a cartoonishly grotesque version of puberty, and later re-evaluates what she had thought of as an idyllic romance, and sees her former beau as a drooling, nose-picking loser.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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It’s undermined by a lack of narrative structure, which makes it feel rambling and lacking in focus. And the heroine’s complaints about life in modern Iran seem oddly superficial. She often seems more annoyed about having to wear lots of clothing and being unable to drink alcohol, than she is about hundreds of thousands of people disappearing into prison. Even when she has supposedly grown up, she doesn’t seem really to have matured.

Still, this is one film that clearly comes from the heart; and, if you’re patient, there’s a fair amount to amuse and impress.


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