Thursday, 26 February 2015

Film Review: Persepolis

Persepolis (2007) is an animation directed by Vincent Parannoud and Marjane Satrapi. Satrapi also wrote the animation and is the lead character within it. Satrapi is an Iranian born woman who moved to diferent countires to escape the conflicts that were continuing in Iran. Satrapis visual style stems from her graphic novels, it is a simplistic 2D style with a childlike feel to it as it comes across naïve. However, traditional Iranian illustrations also encompassed this style so she was probably influenced by her own culture. However, the style and atmosphere of the film is somewhat opposite, the use of black and white to represent memories that include horrific events, and the mood of the film overall is just discomforting because of the events that take place.
Persepolis follows Marjane Satrapi through her childhood all the way to an adult; we see and understand the thoughts of the Iranian Revolution that go through a girls and young woman’s mind, she is outspoken and questions the rules and authorities that are put in place. As she grows and lives abroad she is exposed to what western culture is like and slowly creeps away from her own culture and roots, this puts her in a bad place. Her Grandmother is also a key character as she is almost like a guide for Marjane, she points her in the right direction and gives words of wisdom.

I think Satrapi was trying to get across a new perspective of the war, more of the repercussions on everyone and women in particularly. The experiences of an individual rather than a squadron in a military force or a victim of warfare. She did this well with the script and particular scenes where simple and forceful answers are given to onlookers. The editing with black and white representing the ‘horror memories’ and the colour scenes representing the present was delivered effectively though her happiness doesn’t really change throughout the film so the atmosphere is diminished slightly even though the colour scenes are portraying her breakthrough of guilt and pain. This was mildly entertaining and in some ways relatable, though the audience is more specifically for women.

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