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Persepolis (Blu-ray)

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Sony Pictures Persepolis (Blu-ray) Based on the original graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi. A story of a young girl coming-of-age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It is through the eyes of precocious and outspoken nine-year-old Marjane that we see a people's hopes dashed as fundamentalists take power - forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands.


Studio Sony
SKU 207999407
UPC 043396256125
UPC 14 00043396256125
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 3/6/2012
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Paronnaud,Vincent
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Oscar (2008) Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud, Nominee, Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Golden Globe (2008) Persepolis, Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film
Image Award (2008) Persepolis, Nominee, Outstanding Independent or Foreign Film
Independent Spirit (2008) Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi, Nominee, Best Foreign Film
Cannes Film Festival (2007) Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud, Nominee, Golden Palm Award,Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi, Winner, Jury Prize
Review What does one say about a film that is, by any measurement that matters, perfect? When considering Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's finely etched animated adaptation of Satrapi's two-part autobiographical graphic novel about growing up in Tehran during the revolution and the Iran-Iraq War, the problem (if one could call it that) becomes particularly acute. By compressing into this film the myriad of themes that it handles, from religious oppression to teenage rebellion to cultural dissonance and war, the filmmakers could have easily encumbered it with a weight that would have outweighed its many sharp delights. But by some strange and fortunate circumstance born out of vision, patience, luck, and sheer unmitigated talent, they have managed to incorporate each of those weighty topics into a work of art that's light as a feather, in the manner of a true masterpiece...Nicely avoiding the melodrama that would be almost inescapable were any of the above rendered in live action, Persepolis keeps a wicked gleam in its protagonist's eye all throughout, reminding us that there will be no sob story, though tears are likely to fall. This is a cold tale of geopolitical realties told in a French-inflected fairy-tale spirit. This is a lament for lost glories, for the wonders of a proud civilization being ground into the dirt by power-mad fanatics.
Reviewer Chris Barsanti
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Marjane, voiced as a child by Gabrielle Lopes and as a teenager and adult by Chiara Mastroianni, is a sprightly kid, encouraged in her rambunction by her parents (voiced by Catherine Deneuve and Simon Abkarian) and applauded by her outspoken grandmother (Danielle Darrieux). She dotes on the stories of her spellbinding Uncle Anouche (Francois Jerosme), who has been in prison and sometimes in hiding, but gives her a vision of the greater world...In real life, Marjane Satrapi eventually found a congenial home in France. I imagine Paris offered no less decadence than Vienna, but her experiences had made her into a woman more sure of herself and her values, and she grew into -- well, the author of books and this film, which dramatize so meaningfully what her life has been like. For she is no heroine, no flag-waving idealist, no rebel, not always wise, sometimes reckless, but with strong family standards...It might seem that her story is too large for one 98-minute film, but "Persepolis" tells it carefully, lovingly and with great style. It is infinitely more interesting than the witless coming-of-age Western girls we meet in animated films; in spirit, in gumption, in heart, Marjane resembles someone like the heroine is "Juno" -- not that she is pregnant at 16, of course. 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.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Black & White, Spanish, Subtitled, English, Dubbed & Subtitled
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Actor Paronnaud,Vincent
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format DVD
Claudia Puig, USA Today Cinematic poetry in black and white. It also is a deeply affecting tale of the power of resilience...
Dana Stevens, Slate A completely different kind of animated movie that, even more than "Ratatouille," reimagines what the medium can do.
David Ansen, Newsweek Isn't like any animated film you've ever seen.
John Powers, Vogue Wonderful! Funny and inspiring.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly Grade A! A marvel!
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Like nothing you've ever seen! A mindblower! Marjane is a sass queen to rival Juno.
Stephen Holden, The New York Times An unqualified triumph!
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