DVD - 2008 | French
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In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family. Their long dream is realized when the hated Shah is defeated in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, Marji grows up to witnesses first hand how the new Iran has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study. This change proves an equally difficult trial for Marji and finds herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and her homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs.


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Very good and delightful to watch. Animated black and white graphics in French with English subtitles. Set in Iran it tells the story of a young girls transition to womanhood during the tumultuous years of oppressive rule and war in the 1970-80's. Throughout it all Marjane keeps her humour despite her life struggles, endures cultural racism and demonstrates that just because women are forced to wear 'the veil' they are not oppressed and that teenagers world wide are pretty much the same. Recommend especially if interested in political history

Sep 03, 2019

Marjane Satrapi made the right move in making an animated version of her graphic novel of the same name.

A few years earlier, a graphic novel with a similar "coming of age" character was created (Ghost World, Daniel Clowes.) Unfortunately, it was decided to make a "real" movie out of it and it turned out to be a disaster, completely losing the authors original intent.

Satrapi must have learned from that disaster as Persepolis keeps the attitude of the original novel.

Jan 30, 2019

Loved the graphic novels and this movie delivers! So worth watching whether you have read the books or not.

Nov 03, 2018

We all share the same human traits, yet their is such sadness in how some beliefs cower to control our humane rights and emotions. As is the norm, a youth commences with a positive attitude only to be eventually eroded with oppression. Sadly, this appears to happen in every corner of the world we live in. Perhaps, one might ask, how can we better serve our youth, as well as ourselves, to have a more enjoyable, positive existence, in the walk of our life?

Mar 25, 2018

It is full of culture, history and humanity. It is a quick and visual way to learn about Iran modern history. It may answer some of your whys in mind.

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.

Jun 10, 2016

English subtitles as well as English speaking.

Oct 05, 2015

r there english subtitles?

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.

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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