Movie Information

Persepolis will be shown at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Asheville Art Museum.
Genre: Animated Fanciful Biopic
Director: Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi
Starring: (Voices of) Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux, Simon Abkarian, Gabrielle Lopes
Rated: PG-13

Viewers who missed Persepolis when it played locally at the Fine Arts Theatre last February may want to catch the Asheville Art Museum’s upcoming screening of this wonderful film. This utterly beguiling movie—adapted and codirected by Marjane Satrapi from her own series of autobiographical comic books—is that most unusual of creations: It’s an animated film of genuine emotional depth (as distinct from the relatively simple sentimentality of a Disney film). Moreover, it’s one of the best—possibly the best—coming-of-age stories ever committed to film. That it’s the coming of age of a rebellious Iranian girl ought to have made it less universal, but instead it only serves to make it more so by showing the things that connect us rather than divide us as people. Alternately playful and heartbreakingly real, it’s definitely a film to see if you’ve not already done so.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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One thought on “Persepolis

  1. Sean Williams

    Mr. Hanke, given the number of comic-book adaptations that you’ve given top marks, I have difficulty understanding your stated distaste for the graphic medium. There’s nothing wrong with it, of course, but I have a feeling that you might enjoy Mike Mignola or R. Kikuo Johnson.

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