Thursday, 5 March 2015

Film Review: Iran - Persepolis (2007)

Persepolis is a French-Iranian animated film directed and animated by Marjane Satrapi based on her own autobiographical novel of the same name. The film was nominated for Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and was a co-winner for 2007 Cannes Film Festival. The film has a strong line art style which also features basic colours in contrast to grays and blacks.

Persepolis is a film that follows the early life of a young girl as she becomes of age just after the Iranian Revolution. We watch how she engages with her family members and friends as she slowly becomes observant of the society around her. Despite the film being based upon a rough era of Iran, the film is very diluted in terms of realistic interpretation of that period, in relation to revolution documentaries.

Overall, the film is pleasant to watch yet the story lacks any excitement or drive. It fits its genre and purpose well enough, however I would not recommend this film to anyone who seeks to learn about this particular part of history, or looking for an artistic style.

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