Release Year: 2007
Directors: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi
Writers: Vincent Paronnaud (scenario), Marjane Satrapi (based on her autobiographical graphic novels Persepolis 1 and Persepolis 2, 2000-03)
Starring (voices): Chiara Mastroianni, Danielle Darrieux, Catherine Deneuve, Simon Abkarian, Gabrielle Lopes Benites, François Jerosme
Rating: Nominated for 1 Oscar: Best Animated Film. Nominated for 1 Golden Globe: Best Foreign Language Film. Won Jury Prize and the Palm Dog at the Cannes Film Festival. Nominated for 2 Awards at the Cannes Film Festival: Golden Camera, Palme d’Or.
A idealistic girl from a communist-leaning family comes of age during the Islamic Revolution in Teheran. To protect her, she is sent to high school in Vienna, but soon discovers that she is as much an outsider there as she was back in Ayatollah Khomeini’s Iran.
Based on the graphic novel by Marjane Sartrapi (The Voices, 2014), this animated film tales a bleak story inspired by the author’s own life. We see the uncertain political world of the Shah’s Iran and the subsequent 1979 revolution and its consequences through the eyes of a young girl. And the film does so most effectively, both in glimpses of a the horror of war, the everyday consequences in ordinary peoples lives, as well as the sometimes misplaced admiration of a young child. She worships the communist heroes od her family: her murdered grandfather and imprisoned uncle. Although the history of Iran in the 1970s and 1980s features prominently it is first and foremost the story of a misfits trying to find her footing in an uncertain world. Her family is loving and a great inspiration for her, but her love of punk and Nike shoes makes her homeland unsafe for her. Much against what she anticipated, her refuge in Austria shows her that she fits in even less in Vienna, either among the old-world snobs or the pessimistic punkers who serves as contrasts to her idealistic family. She comes to realise that there is something in the world worth dying for, and that she cannot deny her heritage. The animation is simplistic and black and white but very effective both in conveying humour and the horrors of war. Very witty, sharp, entertaining, it nonetheless becomes somewhat heavy-handed at times and comes to a somewhat abrupt end. Recommended!
Catherine Deneauve who voices the mother and Chiara Mastroianni who voices Marjane are mother and daughter i real life as well.
Picture Copyright: Sandrew Metronome