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“Persepolis” Out Today At Landmark Theatres

Posted :: January 25, 2008 | 10:35 am ::

Starting this Friday at Landmark Theaters in Midtown is the new film Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. Persepolis is based on Marjane Satrapi’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 Iran’s Islamic revolution, but it also tells of the external pressures that helped to shape the nation into what it is today. Satrapi’s narrative weaves phrases like “CIA trained” and “let us have the petroleum” into an intensely personal, and modern, historical drama.

Marjane’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, “All the cool animated scenes from Pink Floyd’s The Wall filtered through a black and white version of Schulz’s Peanuts’.” “Post-apocalypse Peppermint Patty”

For show times, check out the Landmark Theatres site.

One Response to ““Persepolis” Out Today At Landmark Theatres”

  1. Tessa Says:

    I saw this earlier this week… seriously think this will contend for my favorite movie of the year.

    It definitely hit me more personally than I feel it would a lot of others due to being half-Persian (my father was born in Iran and his entire family lived through a lot of what was in the film). I do think everybody should watch this though. It’s a fantastic perspective of what has been going on in Iran.

    I really don’t think very many Americans understand this. This misconception is also what led me to legally change my last name from my father’s Persian name to my mother’s German last name.

    I totally cried too. Haha. Don’t tell. ;)

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