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PAUSE for kids age 14
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
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?
  • 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?
  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    96%
    reviews counted: 8
    see all Persepolis reviews
  • Audience

    92%

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, Movies.com, 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

2 stars

Just about as expected. In fact, I was prepared for worse experience while opting for it. It had too much in it that appealed me to stay away from it. But as usual, I couldn't ignore its high rating for ever (I did it for long, though). Of course, had it been a movie for kids, I might not have dared to go for it. A critically acclaimed animated autobiographical (give or take a little) flick that turned out to be no more than average for me.

- imrealgod, Tuesday, December 13, 2011

3 stars

This smart animated film tells the story of the Islamic revolution in Iran from the eyes of a open minded young girl, growing up to be a woman both inside and abroad of the country. That's surprisingly informative as a history lesson, both funny and dark and realistic at times, but always striking the right tone. While the animation always stays simplistic, the main character easily engages the audience and makes you care for her voyage and the story of her home. Only the ending comes off as a bit anticlimatic, but that doesn't take anything away from the importance and charm of the film. Very well done.

- ironclad1609, Wednesday, October 12, 2011

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