A rare cartoon that features no talking cars, talking rats, talking tape dispensers or talking condoms. Instead, it’s the story of Marjane Satrapi, who was 10 years old when revolution hit her home in Iran. As she grows and rebels against the constraints of the new government, flees the war and tries to find herself in Vienna, she lives out the standard adolescent problems while her life traces a historical trajectory. Refreshingly two-dimensional animation and strong voice characterizations (in French, with English subtitles) make this the rare feature-length animated film that neither insults your intelligence nor caters to your base instincts. Instead, it’s grown-up entertainment that works on both the eye and the mind.


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