Saturday, 5 March 2016

Film Review - Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi, 2007)

Fig 1. Persepolis Poster.

The film Persepolis is based upon the autobiographical graphic novel of the same name by Marjane Satrapi. It is about the authors experience growing up in Iran during the Iranian revolution. It is almost entirely in a bold black and white style.

Persepolis covers a great deal of the issues that affected people living in Iran at the time. As the film is from the point of view of the girl growing up, it is particularly effective at telling the story of the Iranian revolution and how those events affect a persons childhood. The story is both fascinating and balanced, there are as many high points as there are lows. There is a great deal of optimism in the telling despite many of the extreme situations that the family went through.

The film keeps the distinct style that came from the graphic novel, and through impressive animation creates a vivid world that pulls the audience into both the brutality of some scenes and the relief and joy in moving moments with the characters.

Illustration List
Satrapi, M (2007) Figure 1. Persepolis Poster. (Accessed on 04/01/16)

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