• Persepolis (2007)


Release Date: December 25th, 2007

DVD Release Date: June 24th, 2008

PG-13 |1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary

Based on Satrapi's graphic novel about her life in pre and post-revolutionary Iran and then in Europe. The film traces Satrapi's growth from child to rebellious, punk-loving teenager in Iran. In the background are the growing tensions of the political climate in Iran in the 70s and 80s, with members of her liberal-leaning family detained and then executed, and the background of the disastrous Iran/Iraq war.

Cast: Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux, Simon Abkarian, Gabrielle Lopes Benites, François Jerosme, Tilly Mandelbrot, Sophie Arthuys

Director: Vincent Paronnaud , Marjane Satrapi

Genres: Drama , Animated

Production Co: Fondation GAN pour le Cinéma, Soficinéma 3, Diaphana Films, Centre National de la Cinematographie, Région Ile-de-France, 2.4.7. Films, Procirep, Celluloid Dreams, Sony Pictures Classics, France 3 Cinéma, French Connection Animations, Sofica Europacorp, Kennedy/Marshall

Keywords: Friend, Police officer, Growing up, 1970s, School, 1980s, Transformation, Marriage, Dark, Father, France, Witty, Intense, Escape

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    The filmmakers were right to believe that a live-action version of this story would have failed to achieve the universality Persepolis does. show more

  • 90
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    A dazzlingly smart and entertaining animated feature by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, looks like a black-and-white graphic novel come to life. show more

  • 100
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Persepolis, the superb film based on Satrapi's graphic memoirs of the same name, is a riveting odyssey in pictures and words. It's unlike any journal you've read or any animated movie you've seen. show more

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Nominated Film Not in the English Language
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Nominated Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated Animated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Nominated Animated Feature Film