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Persepolis

Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
France 2007 / 95’

An animated film based on two comic-books (...) by Marjane Satrapi, a talented girl from Iran who currently lives in Paris. Actually, this is her film: the black-and-white (only occasionally coloured) frames are images from her comic-books set in motion, and the plot is autobiographical and very personal. To put it as shortly as possible - this is a picture story about growing up in very hard times.
Persepolis (...) is also a story about huge political disappointment. In 1978, when the plot begins, Iran was still ruled by Shah Reza Pahlavi, a dictator using brutal political police and regarded by the Iranian leftist intelligentsia (including Marjane's family) as evil itself. But what happened after his overthrow during the so-called Islamic Revolution turned out to be even worse: the hated shah still left some privacy intact for the citizens - Khomeini's state captured it entirely.

Paweł Mossakowski, Gazeta Wyborcza

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