Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novels are the source for this movie. She relates her experiences of the growing up in post revolutionary Iran. This was especially tough for a girl because females were forced to wear veils and to submit to male authority. Marjane was, from the start, smart, assertive and rambunctious.
    She was raised in a political family with several uncles who had been imprisoned  by the Shah. They rejoice when the revolution comes but the elation is short lived once the nature of the Islamic fundamentalist regime shows itself.
    The story is told in simple animation with flashbacks, which comprise most of the film, in black and white. It’s a very effective technique, showing the stark menace of the roving bands of enforcers who watch for any sign of impiety. The fates of the people who cross the government or these groups are not sugar coated, nor is Marjane who is very much a flawed human being. She brings a lot of her suffering on herself.
    But you like her all the more for her humanness. Persepolis may be an animated feature but it is one of the more human movies of the year.


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