Persepolis (France, 2007)

Youthful rebellion threatens the old

Youthful rebellion threatens the old

Animation’s starting to get the ‘adult’ appreciation it deserves; as are graphic novels. Marjane Satrapi’s graphic autobiography forms the basis of this excellent film. If ever the political was embedded in the personal then it’s in lives that live through revolutions; the Iranian one in ’79 in this case. By focusing upon the travails of a young girl growing up, the distant events become engaging.

The animation, drawing directly from the original, is terrific. This hectoring teachers become serpents; her unfaithful boyfriend is transformed from a ‘blond hunk’ to a zit-ridden nerd. The ‘mullahs’ come out of it badly; but certainly no worse than the British and Americans. It’s how Satrapi saw it and her vision rings true.

4 Responses

  1. It isn’t hard to think why a film like this did not win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, for which it clearly deserved over Ratatouille. A political and controversial view on events that happened in Iran. I think it is a very interesting film with a fantastic eye for style and story, with humour and shocks along the way. It is very sure of itself politically, which is a very good thing.

    I haven’t read the graphic novel, but I am sure it stays very true to the author/director Satrapi’s material. It is good to see films based on graphic novels finally having something intelligent to say.

  2. This is a fantastic Film. I had the opportunity to see it at the National Media Museum in its original language form. Im a fan of Traditional 2d animation so i was always going to see this. Its quite different to most mainstream animation but that’s not a bad thing, Its quite a refreshing change from all the sub-standard CGI Films that are released every year.

    Its a shame that it didn’t win the Best Animated Feature at the Oscars as it is a million times better than Ratatouille.

  3. I’ve been meaning to see this for a long time. My only concern, having not seen it, is how much the animation would distract from the storyline. I’ll ask you about it tomorrow sir.

  4. […] been some discussion about how Persepolis and Waltz the Bashir have brought animation to ‘maturity’ with their serious take on […]

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