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Tom's Recommended Film of the Week



Marjane Satrapidoes a wonderful job of translating her excellent graphic novel into an outstanding animated film. Satrapi spent her youth in Iran during the cultural Revolution and the over-throwing of the Shah, invasion by Iraq, higher schooling in France and eventual return to her homeland. Satrapi's inquisitive naturecoupled with a childs tendency to look towards their parents and older relatives for direction, give this film a base that rings very true through all countries, cultures and time periods.

Political, culture, class, gender and religious factors weighed heavily on Satrapi and her approachesto these changing factors ruling her life are what give Persepolis it's wide breadth and deep perspective. Just about everyone will find something to relate to in this touchingly beautiful animated film.