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anime & animation, drama

Persepolis is the autobiographical tale of Marjane Satrapi, sharing her experiences as a young girl coming-of-age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Animated coming-of-age tale is poignant, mature.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that although this film -- an adaptation of graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi's critically acclaimed memoir about growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution -- is animated, it's aimed at adults. There are many references to the atrocities (mostly executions and bombings) of life before, during, and after the revolution. Several scenes involve secret parties during which secular Iranians drink and smoke; as a teenager living in Europe, Marjane also drinks, smokes, tries hash, and sleeps with two guys (at one point, feeling suicidal, she also takes lots of pills). If teens are interested, they'll learn a lot about the harsh realities of life in an oppressive culture. It's worth noting that there are two versions of the film: The original is in French with subtitles; the other is dubbed in English.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how "the West" is portrayed in the film. Why is American pop culture banned in Iran? What makes it threatening?
  • How is Marjane's family different? How does Marjane "betray" her heritage once she's abroad? What did you learn about Iranian history and culture from the film?
  • Do you think that animation was an effective way to tell Marjane's story? How would it have been different if it was live action?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Based on her own graphic novel, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnauds film is a masterly work.

- Coco Forsythe, Future Movies UK, Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Fresh: A moving, intimate, complex, visually beautiful black-and-white story.

- Dave White,, Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Fresh: A gentle dance performed at the edge of the abyss

- Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Intimacy with the history of Iran, the Islamic Revolution through an animated autobiography by and of Marjane Satrapi, a witness to the oppression of civil and women rights in Iran. Persepolis is visually beautiful, and socially, culturally, and politically reflective. Significant.

- fb1216165431, Saturday, September 10, 2011

3 stars

I saw this movie in school, and my reaction. It was actually pretty good. Very, very good. It had some big flaws, but for the most part, I enjoyed it. Let's start with the bad, and work up to the good. First of, despite most of the movie being very good, the ending flat out sucked. Like it really, really sucked. They leave us on a cliff hanger, yet they never give us a sequel. Heck, they don't even give us a spin off television series. It's right up there with Knowing for worst ending ever. However, the good really outweighs the bad. Marji is a very interesting and complicated character. She is very free spirited and brave, but sometimes that can get her in trouble. By the end of the movie, we truly feel for her, especially when Uncle Anooush is arrested. The script was also very good. I don't often notice a script, but the script for Persepolis was so good it was actually quite shocking. It's a very intelligent and emotional film that I reccomend to anyone, especially historical fiction lovers and fans of the movie The Boy in The Striped Pajamas. Great, great film.

- riverdale237, Saturday, April 9, 2011

4 stars

An engaging story with a very distinctive animated style.

- FilmFanatik, Saturday, December 19, 2009