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Jan 24 2008

Persepolis Comes to the Big Screen

by Jimmy L

Persepolis
Two of the best books I checked out of the library last year were the graphic novels/memoirs Persepolis and its sequel Persepolis 2: the story of a return by Marjane Satrapi, so when I found out recently that the books have been made into a movie, I was thrilled! Marjane is 9 years old in the story, and we see her grow up in war torn Iran. She goes through many of the same trials that people all over the world go through when growing up, including rebelliousness and finding an identity. But she has the added challenge of trying to lead a normal life while living through the Islamic Revolution. Marjane has a unique visual style, and both graphic novels are a pleasure to read and flip through. Instead of using actors, the movie is in the style of the novels, with more original drawings and animations by Marjane.

With all the things happening over in the Middle East these days, it’s nice to see something from the perspective of someone who is from that area. I was attracted to the many hardships and differences she had growing up, but even more so by how similar our experiences were, even though we grew up worlds apart! It’s a very moving and personal story that I would recommend wholeheartedly to everyone.

The movie will open at the Landmark Theater this Friday, January 25th. You can also find out more information about the movie at the official Persepolis page.

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Nolan January 24, 2008 at 11:33 AM

I just heard about this last night on NPR! I read the books a couple of years ago and I can’t wait to see it–my best friend’s dad is from Iran and she’s driving from two hours away to see it with me.

I wholeheartedly second your recommendation–these books are wonderful!!

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