Film review: Persepolis

I enjoyed the film Persepolis, which was shown at the Queen’s Film Theatre. The following is a review by Noel McAdam:

Finely drawn picture of life after the Shah

Graphic-novel nerds will love this well-crafted, intelligent and funny film about life in Iran, says Noel McAdam

Not one of those Greek Gods you’ve forgotten, Persepolis was
apparently the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire, and not today
or yesterday. But the movie is utterly contemporary.

Based on the stunning graphic novels by Marjane Satrapi, this is
part rite-of-passage and intensely personal story but also virtual
documentary and social history against the backdrop of the fall of the
Shah, the Ayatollah and the Iran-Iraq war — at once heady, at times
heavy and yet very humourous.

Marjane’s grandmother, for exammple, is a feminist, radical
commentator and comic rolled into one: “In this life you’ll meet a lot
of jerks,” she tells Marjane. “If they hurt you, tell yourself that
it’s their own stupidity that makes them act that way … The first
marriage is practice for the next one.”

The mostly black-and-white animation style lends the feel of fable
to this autobiographical account of an incredible personal journey
against the broad sweep of Islamic Revolution. But even regular graphic
novel readers may take some time to tune in to the almost traditional
techniques employed, with a complete lack of computer-generated imagery.

About Allan Leonard

Working for a cohesive Northern Ireland society My special interest is Northern Ireland affairs, arriving from America at the time of the 1994 ceasefires. Currently serve as Director, Northern Ireland Foundation, an independent non-profit organisation based in Belfast. Previous posts include Policy Officer at the Northern Ireland Assembly, General Secretary of the Alliance Party, and Operations Manager at the Ulster Historical Foundation. Previously, I was responsible for the development and launch of the Troubled Images project at the Northern Ireland Political Collection, Linen Hall Library; this exhibit travelled worldwide. My professional background includes marketing, communications, exhibition and event management, policy development, and senior management. Received a MA degree in Irish Political Studies from University College Dublin, and a BA degree (with Distinction) in International Relations from Boston University. Views expressed here may not represent those of current or previous employers or associations.

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