movie thoughts: Persepolis (2007)

Even if you have not read Marjane Satrapi’s fantastic comic book series (published as Persepolis and Persepolis II in the US) you will appreciate and enjoy the film adaptation.  Satrapi co-directed this 96-minute animated feature, so it stays true to the story and the central message of being true to yourself.  The artwork looks exactly like what you saw in the comic, simple yet expressive drawings that capture such a range of emotion. 

I watched the French language track and then a portion of the Cannes Q&A that took place after its premiere.  There is also an English language track, but I didn’t bother with it since the movie was made in France.  Plus, something about having them speak a foreign language made it that much more intriguing. 

I’d recommend this movie to anyone old enough to understand the message.  It’s not just about being oppressed by a government, it is about staying true to who you are, about understanding how where you are from is part of you despite how you may feel about your homeland, and how growing up is the same for every one no matter what country you are from.  If you’re in the mood for something unique, checking out this autobiographical movie will give you a lot to talk about later.

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