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Filmmakers Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi collaborated to co-write and co-direct this adaptation of Satrapi's bestselling autobiographical graphic novel detailing the trials faced by an outspoken Iranian girl who finds her unique attitude and outlook on life repeatedly challenged during the Islamic revolution. The English-language version features the voice talents of Sean Penn, Gena Rowlands, and Iggy Pop, with Catherine Deneuve and Chiara Mastroianni reprising their roles from the original French-language version. ...

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Oct 22, 2009

I loved this movie and have loaned it to friends and the feedback has been that it is excellent.


Sep 10, 2008

Quiet and sad, but gripping

One would think that the translation of a graphic novel to the screen would make it hard to say, "The book was better." However, the book IS better -- but the movie version is still quite good. Telling her life story, Marjane Satrapi traces her life from a child in Tehran to adulthood in Paris and living through the Islamic Revolution. With that backdrop, amidst the typical teenage angst of trying to figure out exactly who one is, Satrapi paints a gorgeous, gripping -- and extremely sad -- picture. This film is all of those, but somehow feels a little less satisfying, as if something got cut out along the way. While it does use the medium to enhance certain portions of the story, this is yet another case of a film being good, but the book being better. Still, it's very much worth watching and a nice fresh approach to animation (actually, it's the old, antiquated approach, but everything old is, apparently, new again.)

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