Persepolis
2007
****½
Director: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi
Cast: Chiare Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux, Simon Abkarian

A black and white animation based on Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel. As a young girl growing up in Tehran, she witnesses the Shah’s brutal suppression of any opposition. The optimism fuelled by the Islamic revolution in 1979 is short-lived, as it merely introduces another form of totalitarianism. With her warmly drawn characters Satrapi creates a funny and moving personal story, and a shocking history lesson.