Release Year: 2007
Starring: Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux, Simon Abkarian, Gabrielle Lopes
Directed by: Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
Written by: Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
IMDB: 8.1 (11,879 votes)
RT: 96% (115 reviews)
Metacritic: 90 (31 reviews)

I’ve waited for quite some time to watch this movie. I had a pretty high expectation on it, especially after reading some people rating it pretty high. Fortunately, it was a fantastic movie.

Women ought to watch this movie, because I believe they would be enjoying this one. Sure there were plenty of political messages here, but let’s not going nuts and accusing this movie as discrediting Iran. I think what happened in the movie could’ve happened anywhere, and thus, universal.

The animation was also amazing. In the extra (the making of), I found out that everything was drawn by hand. As almost the entire movie was in black and white and some shades of grey, coloring was somewhat minimal. The style of the animation was also excellent, setting it apart from those of Japanese animes and American animated movies.

You can choose whether you would have the audio in French or in English. I watched it in French, though. Interestingly enough, the dialogues (and monologues) were recorded without the presence of the movie, so go figure.

Overall, it was definitely impressive. The plot, the animation, and the voice acting, were all great. To award that degree of awesomeness, I gave it a 10.0. A very recommended movie!


Linz McC said...

I saw a trailer for this a while back and was curious about it, but I didn't know what to expect. I didn't want anything TOO preachy. I will have to check it out.

Eternal Future said...

Preachy? I don't think it was a preachy movie. It managed to blend the issues touched (such as repressive 'theocratic' government and the life of a teenager faraway from home in a country with a definitely different cultural background and other stuffs). Because the main figure is a woman, I think it could be an interesting movie for you. Even if you don't really like the content, the animation is still superb.

Jaccstev said...

It sound and look quite unique. Maybe it's good to watch this film as an alternative after we saw many big special effects film from this summer.

Farzan said...

Good review, I havent seen the movie yet, but alot of people have said it was great. Love the blog, keep up the great work

Linz McC said...

Perhaps my problem is I didn't really know what it was about. I'll let you know what I think. I love the look of the animation, just from the little I have seen.