Sunday, May 3, 2009


Directed by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi

I had heard about the graphic novel that this film was based on in several of my religious studies classes, so I was quite interested in seeing the animated film version. Persepolis is the coming of age story of a young Iranian girl during the period of the Iranian revolution when the shah was ousted out of power. The original graphic novel was written by Marjane Satrapi and she co-directed the film version. 

The film obviously keeps its ties to the graphic novel, but it also has a great early film feel to it. The edges of the frame are often in shadow and there are many shots where the camera iris closes to focus on one of the characters or something important. Most of the film is black and white with just a few sequences in color. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this film as it allows a personal look at a time and culture that I know very little about. That is one of the joys of cinema... to see different perspectives and experiences.

Rustin Allison

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