Aroview: Exceptional black-and-white animated feature for adults based on the autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, who grew up in Iran during the brutal years of the Islamic Revolution before escaping to France for a taste of Western freedoms.
Satrapi's unique experience and worldview combine with her artistic gift and spirited mode of expression to produce something unique and rather special. Though the personal story ultimately eclipses the more substantial political thread, this breaks the stereotype of Iranian women and society while charming Western audiences with its cheeky satire of the comforts and alienating effects of Western culture. Aesthetically distinctive, it translates perfectly from still source to moving image. One to savour.
Average rating (Very Good). Showing 1-3 of 4 member reviews.
5 stars (Exceptional) Though speficially Iranian (and specifically female), Satrapi's story expresses universal human-truths with such simple observation that it will resonate with anyone. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it left me floored; I couldn't have loved it more. ~fairbrother
3 stars (Good Enough) The use of animation greatly assists this story of growing up and living in Iran by sharpening its satirical edge. The story has two memorable characters in the revolutionary child and the ageless grandmother. ~tubbs
4 stars (Very Good) Very fond memories, seeing this at the nziff. Wednesday ~Kapila
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