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Persepolis was an animation movie I saw by coincidence. Why coincidence? Because I never knew this animation exists and I watched it because my favorite TV Station, MetroTV, played this movie last Saturday Night. I often watched MetroTV Saturday night’s movie because they always played amazing movies…not some brainless blockbuster movies….always something thoughtful.
I think the reason why MetroTV played this movie is because it is about Iran and our football team has just had a match against them…and we lost 3 to 0 😦
Persepolis is a 2007 French animated film based on Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel of the same name. Marjane Satrapi was born in Iran and lived through Iran Revolution in bringing down the Shah and the rise of Islamic rules. Marjane herself comes from family which involve in Communism and socialism.
When I saw the movie, I was shocked with its animation style…the first thing that came out of my mouth was what a weird animation! But as I continuously watching it, I began to appreciate the art more and more. It wasn’t weird, it was unique!
The story started with the grown up Marjane (nickname: Marji) who was confused rather to go back to Iran or stay in Paris. The story moved to Marji’s childhood in Iran. She was still a kid when the revolution started. She even shouted ‘Fall of the Shah’ when she was at home. When the Shah finally fell from his throne, his favorite uncle was released.
When the new government was elected, Iran was ruled under Islamic Fundamentalist where the rulers forced all the people to obey radical Islamic beliefs. The women were forced to wear hijab, party and alcohol were banned and American music was something you could only find in black market. The government hated US to the core because the thought US was behind the once ruling Shah. They caught and executed Marji’s uncle because he had socialist political belief. This made Marji turned into a rebel. She started listening to heavy metal as her protest.
She decided to get back to Iran. In Iran, the rules were still as strict as before. She went to many secret parties as her way of protest.
That was the outline of the story. I find this animated movie very interesting and thought-provoking. The art was unique and delivered the story really well. I was surprised to know that this animation was defeated by Ratatouille in Academy Award for best animated picture. Ratatouille was fun but not that good, but then again Oscar is always surprising and odd.
What I liked about this movie is the way she judged upon the government not the religion. Iran government used Islamic code to control their people but not even once Marji was blaming Islam, she was always blaming the government. She was right to blame the government because in truth, Islam is not demanding at all and to force people to do Islamic code was wrong.
I wear hijab since I was in high school and I wear it because my heart tells me to wear it. I will never conduct adultery or drink alcohol or do club-parties because Islam prohibited those things and I am gladly obey it because I believe in Islam and I love Allah. However, when a government forced those rules upon unbelievers, it was pointless job because Allah will not accept their doings…all these Islamic rules are something that we have to do from heart not from being forced, that’s what Allah will count in judgment day.
The movie really saddened me and also made me happy. It saddened me to see such government and it made happy to see Marji still has open mind in telling her side of story.
Director: Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
Staring (voice): Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux, Simon Abkarian
Producer: Xavier Rigault, Marc-Antoine Robert, Kathleen Kennedy
Scriptwriter: Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
Released date: 23 May 2007
This is Marjane Satrapi