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Persepolis

Kris Rothstein

This year’s winner of the People’s Choice Award for Most Popular International Film was Persepolis, a mostly black-and-white animated film adapted from the graphic memoir by Marjane Satrapi, who documents her childhood in Iran, first living under the Shah and then under fundamentalist Islam. Both regimes are brutal to her family and she learns the danger of politics and ideas at a young age. As Marji grows up, she rebels against the repression of women, listens to rock ’n’ roll and endures intense loneliness while studying in Europe. Satrapi herself is one of the movers and shakers behind this French film, and the movie has retained all of the particular visual delight of the book, including its clean lines, expressive faces and representations of repression in the form of dark streets and veiled women.

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