Welcome to Anime.com
Spice and Wolf
Fullmetal Alchemist
Gurren Lagann
Haruhi Suzumiya
Black Butler
Lucky Star
Death Note
AzuManga Daioh
Cowboy Bebop
Sgt. Frog
This is an archive page, please visit our new site pin.anime.com
Custom Search
Persian Cartoons and Animation
Animation DVD Review

Persepolis, named after the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire, tells the story of a girl growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.

Based on creator Marjane Satrapi's own life - although in interviews in the special features, she is careful to say that this is not a biography, but a story - the movie follows young Marjane through the pain of her uncle's execution, her fears when she must move to Austria at age 14, her return to Iran after high school, and her realization at age 24 that she must leave again, this time forever.

Despite the serious plot, Satrapi infuses the film with humor, making it accessible not only to those with an interest in life inside dictatorships, but to anyone who enjoys stories about rebellious women learning to be themselves.

Below: Scenes from Persepolis.

A scene from Persepolis the animated film.

A scene from Persepolis the animated film.

A scene from Persepolis the animated film.

Reviewed by Brian Cirulnick, October 2008

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
The Story of a Childhood

Manga Review

If you remember the brilliant breakthrough comic MAUS, this is the version for our generation. This is the autobiography of a spunky, smart girl growing up in Iran, during the time of the fall of the Shah to the fundamentalist reign of Khomeini. With each page you will become more and more afraid for the high spirited girl and her sophisticated, educated parents. Her questions and tastes for Western music and clothes are dangerous. How long before the secret police come knocking at the door?
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
Persepolis is her testament to the crimes committed first by the Shah and then the thousandfold worse crimes created by a revolution which was supposed to address those problems. It's also a very accurate image of those years. It makes you laugh, and it brings tears to your eyes at the same time. No matter what your interests and tastes, you will enjoy if not love Persepolis.


Reviewed by Brian Cirulnick, August 2003

Below: Trailer for Persepolis.

Below: Marjane Satrapi on the English casting for Persepolis.

Homepage | Anime.com Sitemap | The Anime.com Anime Wallpaper Guide

© 2009 Anime.com, Inc. | Website Editor: Brian Cirulnick | Website Design by Very Memorable Design