Persepolis: Sad but Well Worth Seeing
Last night, I watched the animated film Persepolis which is a coming of age story of a girl growing up in Iran during the overthrow of the shah Let me start by saying that this is an animated film for mature audiences only.
For a cartoon, I found it to be very high quality. This one may very well appeal to people who don't generally enjoy animated films. This film was nominated for an academy award for best animated film. After watching it, I am surprised that it didn't win.
The story presented is not happy. It is a very personal journey from girlhood to womanhood as experienced by the main character. The imagery jumps from realism to surrealism and from black and white to color through out. For me, these transitions worked very well.
There are strong biases in the viewpoint of the narrator and many of the more negative characters are presented only two-dimensionally. In my experience, this is often the case in graphic novels and I was not bothered by it Don't go into this one expecting objectivity or fairness to different perspectives. In my view, that is not its purpose.
If you are willing to step into someone else's perceptions and be amazed and horrified, then you will be well rewarded. But don't expect an easy going story. This film has many heartbreaking moments. Still, I strongly recommend viewing it if you enjoy animated films and especially if you are interested in the experience of a young girl in revolutionary Iran.
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