Director: Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
Stars: Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux, Simon Abkarian
In 2000 Marjane Satrapi began publishing the segments that would come to form her autobiographical graphic novel Persepolis, chronicling her childhood in Iran and, later, her time abroad. Upon finding a larger audience when published in English in 2003, it was immediately hailed as a masterpiece, both as a frank memoir, a potent piece of political commentary, and as a great comic book.
Then, in 2007, Satrapi collaborated with Vincent Paronnaud, turning her story into a feature-length animated movie. It didn't change much, aside from flashing her truth into your eyes at 24 frames per second. It was all the better for it.—RS