Starting this Friday at Landmark Theaters in Midtown is the new film Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. Persepolis is based on Marjane SatrapiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s auto-biographical graphic novel, about growing up in pre-revolutionary Iran. The story takes a darker after the deposition of the Shah, as being a young girl with youthful, bourgeois ideals becomes an increasingly high-risk lifestyle. Persepolis is a beautiful work that is at times, both disturbing and inspiring, while also entertaining and informative. Not only does it give a history of IranÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Islamic revolution, but it also tells of the external pressures that helped to shape the nation into what it is today. SatrapiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s narrative weaves phrases like Ã¢â‚¬Å“CIA trainedÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“let us have the petroleumÃ¢â‚¬Â into an intensely personal, and modern, historical drama.
MarjaneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s story is a powerful one, and the stunning animation flows seamlessly between the vibrant and the stark. You feel the violence and the fear of: life under oppressive regimes, heartbreak, and cultural displacement. You also fall in love with: strong grandmothers, deities, Marxist uncles, and irrepressible little girls. There are not many tales that can go trans-medium, with integrity; however Persepolis is one such story.
95min. Fr. Sub.
If you need a sound bite quote, say, Ã¢â‚¬Å“All the cool animated scenes from Pink FloydÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s The Wall filtered through a black and white version of SchulzÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s PeanutsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢.Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Post-apocalypse Peppermint PattyÃ¢â‚¬Â
For show times, check out the Landmark Theatres site.