Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Persepolis

This is the first Iranian movie that Chris Larry has ever expressed interest in seeing and it isn't even Iranian, it's French!

I wonder if he's seen it yet. I don't see how he could dislike it. It is really good. The film is based on the autobiographical graphic novel about a girl growing up right after the Islamic Revolution in Iran. She is so outspoken in her criticism of the hypocrisy of the government that her parents send her to Vienna for her own safety.

In France, she is seen as more of an oddity than a real person and has an even more difficult time really finding her place there than she did in the increasingly repressive Iran.

The black and white imagery is striking, the themes of alienation are universal, and more importantly punk is not ded.

I wonder if my Iranian eye doctor (a parent of a former student) who escaped from Iran in the early 80's has seen this yet.

This movie would get a "Marilyn would love this" tag if it wasn't animated. My moms don't dig on the animation. Too bad.

Directed by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi
2007
BAM

7 comments:

Chris Larry said...

seen it, loved it....but she goes to school in Vienna fyi....

Listmaker said...

oops. thanks for the catch. fixed it.

Gamera said...

Did you read the comics?

youthlarge said...

been meaning to for a while, but neither of us have read them.

Listmaker said...

no i haven't but i want to. have you?

jg said...

not too much point in reading the comics once you've seen the film...instead check out her new(ish) comic Embroideries, which is about her and her mom and grandma and a bunch of other women hanging around having tea in Iran and talking about sex...

I just read it and it's much more slight than Persepolis, but still great...

http://tinyurl.com/2w658z

Gamera said...

Yeah, I've heard the film and comics are nearly identical but I still recommend the books themselves and second the vote for Embroderies. Lovely drawings and fascinating stories.