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Persepolis (2007)

A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution.

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(comic), (scenario)

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

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 (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Budget:

$7,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$4,443,403 (USA) (16 May 2008)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Marjane Satrapi insisted that Chiara Mastroianni sing "Eye of the Tiger" off-key. See more »

Goofs

The departures board at Paris Orly at the beginning has Cincinnati misspelled as "Cincinatti". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Airport receptionist: Ticket and passport, please.
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Connections

Referenced in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2011 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Roses du Sud
(Rosen aus dem Süden, op. 388)
Composed by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss)
Arranged by Olivier Bernet
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very good adaption !
20 December 2007 | by (Vienna) – See all my reviews

Adapting "Persepolis" in my opinion was a very important project. Especially (but not only) during times of fear and extreme distrust regarding other ethnicities it's necessary to communicate better understanding for these cultures. Films are capable reach millions of people all around the world. Therefore this medium is a very effective way to do this (unfortunately it can also get misused in the opposite direction).

Seen from this cultural perspective "Persepolis" is an entertaining feature which also meets a certain social responsibility. To me it is the right picture at the right time. In a individually visualized way this animation picture shows Marjane Satrapis personal biography and gives you an idea about the historical background of the Iran and the way of living in this part of the world. Besides several tragic moments "Persepolis" never loses it's humour.

In a short: "Persepolis" is a very true and affectionate adaption of the original comic also drawn by Satrapi who directed the film. An important issue and not only for this reason I truly recommend it !


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