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

Writers:

Marjane Satrapi (comic), Vincent Paronnaud (scenario)
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Credited cast:
Chiara Mastroianni ... Marjane (voice)
Danielle Darrieux ... Grandma (voice)
Catherine Deneuve ... Mom (voice)
Simon Abkarian ... Dad (voice)
Gabrielle Lopes Benites Gabrielle Lopes Benites ... Marji (voice)
François Jerosme François Jerosme ... Anoush (voice)
Tilly Mandelbrot Tilly Mandelbrot ... Lali (voice)
Sophie Arthuys Sophie Arthuys ... Walla (voice)
Arié Elmaleh ... Walla (voice)
Mathias Mlekuz Mathias Mlekuz ... Walla (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lexie Kendrick Lexie Kendrick ... Friend / Gossip / Teacher (2008) (voice)
Sean Penn ... Mr. Satrapi - Marjane's Father (voice)
Gena Rowlands ... Marjane's grandmother (voice)
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Storyline

In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Satrapi 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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Trivia

Catherine Deneuve, who voices Marjane's mother, and Chiara Mastroianni, who voices Marjane, are mother and daughter in real life. See more »

Goofs

Young Marjane talks about torturing someone by making them put garbage in his mouth and making him chew it three times. She demonstrates this by grabbing a bunch of garbage out of a garbage can. In the next shot, when Ramine rides by on his bike, the garbage has vanished. See more »

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Airport receptionist: Ticket and passport, please.
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Soundtracks

Marche Persanne
(Persischermarsch, op. 289)
Composed by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss)
Arranged by Olivier Bernet
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Intellectual and funny autobiographical animation. One of a kind
1 March 2008 | by VoiceOfEuropeSee all my reviews

Marjane Satrapi's venture to present the chronicle of the Iranian Islamic revolution filtered through the eyes of a lively and cheeky, French-educated young girl is bold and ambitious. To do so by the help of strong-silhouetted, axe-carved, triangle-nosed cartoon figures is even more peculiar. Her powerful heroine – Marjane, named by no coincidence after the creator – however, spectacularly succeeds in replacing and emulating any possible real flesh characters. She is intellectual, witty, utterly impudent and very funny; the essential Euro-kid of the wild and untamed 1970s and early 1980s.

This brilliant movie serves as a study proving that animation is more powerful and potent than ever before no matter how unsophisticated and basic the visual elements are. And although the technique used in Persepolis has long been present it can be said that perfection has just been achieved.

Satrapi's work is so very French: wantonly intellectual, acrimoniously witty, utterly sarcastic and outrageously funny. However, even this masterpiece could not escape common places and is not without disturbing occurrences of generalization of characters and situations. Still, you will have a wide and genuine smile on your face coming out of the theater. Persepolis is per se unique and compelling with the ability to make you smile at the right moments - when tension has built up too much.


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Country:

France | USA

Language:

French | English | Persian | German

Release Date:

22 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Persepolis See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$88,826, 30 December 2007

Gross USA:

$4,445,756

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,783,978
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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