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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

The title, "Persepolis," means "Persian City" in Greek. The word is the Greek transliteration of the Old Persian word "Parsa" ("City of Persians"). Parsa, or Persepolis, was an actual ancient city that existed in Persia c. 550-330 BC. Its ruins still stand in southern Iran today. See more »

Goofs

Marjane's passport has her given name and surname switched. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in De halve maan: Episode #2.8 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Marche Persanne
(Persischermarsch, op. 289)
Composed by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss)
Arranged by Olivier Bernet
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User Reviews

 
the book is a fuller experience
19 January 2008 | by monomagazineSee all my reviews

I rated this film a 9 more as a visual complement to the comic book (of two volumes, now bound as one), which I believe to be a masterpiece. If you left the film less than emotionally attached to the characters, PLEASE give the book a chance, because, as is often the case, episodes and histories of a lot of the characters, including Marjane, are left out to adapt the story to a film medium. Having said that, there are great sequences, expressionistic animation, and the wiseass grandma is left fully intact from the books! I can understand why some people weren't emotionally compelled by it though, since the movie doesn't take the time to fill the audience in on all the quirkiness and endearing qualities of the characters as Satrapi originally conceived them.


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