Persepolis ★★★★½

"In life you'll meet a lot of jerks. If they hurt you, tell yourself that it's because they're stupid. That will help keep you from reacting to their cruelty." - Grandma,

Iran.

Persepolis is so many things. This is a really beautiful and thoughtful exploration of growing up in a war-torn country under a repressive regime. The film also serves as a lovely coming of age biography for a headstrong young woman who wants to change the world. The film also serves as a history lesson for the colonialist origins of Iran's problems as well as Iran's development through the 20th century. The film also acts a touching demonstration of the impact of depression. It's a lot.

The animation is unique and beautiful, looking like a moving comic book. The voice acting is powerful and compliments the story. It's a great piece of work.

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