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Persepolis (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Animation, Biography, Drama  |  22 February 2008 (USA)
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Poignant coming-of-age story of a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl that begins during the Islamic Revolution.


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Credited cast:
Marjane (voice)
Grandma (voice)
Mom (voice)
Dad (voice)
Gabrielle Lopes Benites ...
Marji (voice)
François Jerosme ...
Anoush (voice)
Tilly Mandelbrot ...
Lali (voice)
Sophie Arthuys ...
Walla (voice)
Walla (voice)
Mathias Mlekuz ...
Walla (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lexie Kendrick ...
Friend / Gossip / Teacher (2008) (voice)


In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including violent images, sexual references, language and brief drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 February 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Persépolis  »

Box Office


$7,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$37,118 (USA) (21 December 2007)


£778,834 (UK) (30 May 2008)

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Iran's government sent a letter to the French embassy in Tehran to protest against the movie and pressured the organizers of the 2007 Bangkok Film Festival to drop it from the lineup. See more »


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Airport receptionist: Ticket and passport, please.
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A very personal yet universal account of the Iranian revolution
19 August 2007 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

I came out of this movie feeling as if I knew Marjane Satrapi. The way in which the story is told is fantastic - it really is as if you're reading her journal. As she grows up from being a young girl to an adult, at each age the story is told with a corresponding maturity, and highlighting things which seem like very personal memories. As a young girl, the stories she is told are very black and white, and as she gets older the complexity increases, which is exactly what you would expect. Although there is lots of political activity, she makes fun of herself and highlights her own shortcomings as much as she highlights the repressive elements in her homeland. By telling of her own experiences it really is extremely easy to see how so much of it is common to a whole generation of Iranians. Her love of her family and her country came across very strongly, and you really felt as if she had laid herself bare. A moving and entertaining movie as much as it is educational about post-1979 Iran.

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