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Persepolis (2007)

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

Writers:

Marjane Satrapi (comic), Vincent Paronnaud (scenario)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 28 wins & 54 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 ... 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' 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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Details

Country:

France | USA

Language:

French | English | Persian | German

Release Date:

22 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Persépolis See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€1,402,949 (France), 1 July 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,118, 23 December 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,443,403, 18 May 2008
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

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

References Terminator 2 (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Marche Persanne
(Persischermarsch, op. 289)
Composed by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss)
Arranged by Olivier Bernet
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Animation in black-and-white, autobiographical, growing up in Iran during the reign of the Shah and later, the Islamists
3 July 2007 | by collingonzeSee all my reviews

The black-and-white animation, highly stylized and two dimensions which doesn't attempt to render the usual cartoon 3-D, summarizes in quick, intelligent flashes, often impressionistic, growing up in Teheran and Vienna from a highly personal point of view. The narrative is as original as the art. The narrator, Marjane Satrapi, only daughter of an educated Teheran couple, first sketches in briefly how the Shah first came to power,only to lose it and have it replaced by the fanatical religious regime of today. Educated in a French school, she and her family are rapidly alienated from the so-called revolution; she is sent to Vienna to continue her education, falls in with a group of punks and eventually returns both depressed and disillusioned to Teheran where, with other university students, she must submit to the rule of extreme Islamists.

The story covers a great deal of ground from the point of view of a young pro-Western culture radical, and is told with humor and intelligence. She laughs at herself as much as at the semi-lunatic Guards of the Revolution.

Satrapi's hold on reality is much strengthened under the influence of her highly honest grandmother who teaches her not co compromise, not to betray and not to give in.

This is no fairy tale with flying horses and beautiful princesses, but a serious, unsentimental and sometimes brutally honest film covering, among other events, the story of the millions of Iranians and Iraqis who died in a now forgotten seven year war around the Persian Gulf.


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