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DVD Review: Persepolis (2007) June 27, 2008

Posted by ashiah in Film, Reviews.
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Based on a graphic novel, Persepolis is a uniquely animated, critically acclaimed film that deals with the everyday turmoils of a teenage girl trying to have a normal life admist political distress in Iran. The story is a sweet mix of both humor drama, but is executed in a creatively visual way. In one of the special features on the DVD, co-director Marjane Satrapi explains the reason why the movie is animated instead of live action, saying that a live action movie makes the movie about race, unintentionally alienating others. She says animation, on the other hand, has a wider appeal and can be identified with by all races and backgrounds. This is essentially the driving point of the movie. Even with a war-torn Iran as a backdrop, main character Marjane is still just a teenager who wants to get drunk and listen to Iron Maiden. Special features include two making of featurettes, as well as commentary on selected scenes, and a Q&A filmed during the Cannes Film Festival. The English dub isn’t too painful either, but I still recommend watching it in French with subtitles. Hilarious and affecting –highly recommended.

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