Last month fellow Reflections of a Book Addict staff member Adam wrote a review for the graphic novel Persepolis. After reading his review it made me want to go back and re-watch the film adaptation. Made in 2007, the French animated film was written by Marjane Satrapi and directed by Satrapi with Vincent Paronnaud. The film has been nominated for many awards, and won the prestigious Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. It was also nominated for a Best Animated Feature Oscar, but lost to Ratatouille (which is a much superior film).
Persepolis is the autobiographic tale of Satrapi, a young outspoken girl coming of age during the Iranian Revolution. Marjane’s parents however send her elsewhere in Europe when Iran becomes too dangerous for her. We follow Marjane as she reflects back on her life, through some of her most awkward and trying times.
The thing that really caught my eye about this film was its cinematic style. The scenes from Marjane’s past are shown in black and white, which is the same way the illustrations were presented in the graphic novel. The fact that the present day scenes are shown in color is a perfect transition for the tone of the storytelling. The style of the animation as a whole is something that I have never seen before, and really sealed the deal for me in terms of originality. As a huge animation fan (I am one big kid at the end of the day), it’s nice to see a mature uplifting story told in this art form. Don’t let the fact that it’s an animated film fool you, this is no kid’s movie. It was critically acclaimed as one of the best films of 2007, which should be reason enough for you to see it. The story is also told in different languages throughout, adding to the uniqueness of the film.
I will leave you with this; I highly suggest you check this film out if you are into “FILM”. Even though this is a great film which has been around for quite some time now, there is a reason you may have not heard of it; it’s a foreign film. While I love foreign films, I understand that many dislike them, especially when presented in multiple languages. With that being said, it’s a film not for the average moviegoer. On the flip side, the film allows you to soak in a beautiful animation style, if that is your thing. All in all, Persepolis is an amazing film for those willing to give it a try.
Average Moviegoer: 3 out of 5 Stars
Film Enthusiast: 5 out of 5 StarsPersepolis (2007) 2.4.7 Films PG-13, 96 Minutes