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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
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  • 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

4 stars

Oddly amusing animated film about a girl who grows up in the disjointed, violent middle east then moves to France to begin a new life. The movie is strangely intiguing and slick to a point, but points off for it being in French. I don't speak the language, so having to try and read the subtitles while catching everything onscreen really took the fun out of the movie. Very enjoyable anyway.

- middleeasternfilms, Friday, October 30, 2009

4 stars

Oddly amusing animated film about a girl who grows up in the disjointed, violent middle east then moves to France to begin a new life. The movie is strangely intiguing and slick to a point, but points off for it being in French. I don't speak the language, so having to try and read the subtitles while catching everything onscreen really took the fun out of the movie. Very enjoyable anyway.

- middleeasternfilms, Friday, October 30, 2009