1308 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53715
France/USA | 96 min | PG-13 | 35mm | Dir. Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
Persepolis is the autobiographical tale of Marjane, sharing her experiences as a young girl coming-of-age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Through the eyes of this precocious and outspoken nine year old we see a peoples’ hopes dashed as fundamentalists take power – forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands. Though she outsmarts the “social guardians” and discovers punk, ABBA and Iron Maiden, the daily fear that permeates life in Iran is palpable, as bombs fall on Tehran during the Iran/Iraq war and those close to her fall foul of the regime… Based on Marjane’s four graphic novels, this striking animation covers her childhood in Iran, her escape to an education in Vienna and then a bittersweet return to her native country.
“While so many films about coming of age involve manufactured dilemmas, here is one about a woman who indeed does come of age, and magnificently.” – Roger Ebert