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Aro Favourite Persepolis


France 2007, 92 minutes
Dir. Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
In French with English subtitles
Rating: [M]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama, Comedy / Animation

Topics: Rites-of-passage, Biopic, Politics, Educational Resource.


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.

NZ International Film Festival 2008

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