PersepolisAugust 7, 2008
Ok- really late on this one…buried in the drafts and memory a bit dodgy now!
Wow!! I really don’t know where to start with this- the story, the amazing graphics or just the whole excellence of the film.
While the story is an often harrowing account of Marjane Satrapi‘s life in Iran and Europe there is quite a bit of humour that eases the pain. The cruelty of the different regimes is quite vivid but there are some laugh out loud moments in how she describes her life- when she changed from a girl to a woman in a few seconds, breaking up with the boyfriend and the cloaked painting session.
The animation is what really makes the film for me though- even though its mostly in black in white the detail is astounding! There is such a multilayered effect and with the shades of gray it is truly captivating- what looks so simple is so beautifully done that it is hard to turn your eyes away.
I had hoped to catch this film in the original French version but alas this was the English dubbed version. Quite a few of the voice-actors were the same for both versions but the American accents for some of the characters were rather jarring and sounded out of place…was Iggy Pop really necessary? A viewing of this in the original French version is a must for me in the future.
Just have a look at the YouTube for the trailer to get you hooked in- this is one film you do not want to miss!