most talked-about movie at the cannes right now: ‘persepolis’ by marjane satrapi

Directed by: Marjane Satrapi [blog] and Vincent Paronnaud
Written by: Marjane Satrapi
Based on the Book: Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
Cast includes: Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux, Simon Abkarian

Marjane Satrapi’s critically acclaimed memoir, Persepolis, comes to life in the witty and heartfelt animated feature directed by Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. Persepolis is the poignant story of a young girl coming-of-age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It is through the eyes of precocious and outspoken nine-year-old Marjane that we see a people’s hopes dashed as fundamentalists take power — forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands. Clever and fearless, she outsmarts the “social guardians” and discovers punk, ABBA and Iron Maiden. Yet when her uncle is senselessly executed and as bombs fall around Tehran in the Iran/Iraq war the daily fear that permeates life in Iran is palpable. As she gets older, Marjane’s boldness causes her parents to worry over her continued safety. And so, at age fourteen, they make the difficult decision to send her to school in Austria. Vulnerable and alone in a strange land, she endures the typical ordeals of a teenager. In addition, Marjane has to combat being equated with the religious fundamentalism and extremism she fled her country to escape. Over time, she gains acceptance, and even experiences love, but after high school she finds herself alone and horribly homesick.>>

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