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A Poignant yet funny Movie

A Poignant yet funny Movie

Directed by Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi

As much as I love watching movies, it is very rare when I get the feeling of time well spent after watching one.

‘Persepolis’ is one such movie. It is based on the autobiography of Marjane Satrapi , an Iranian based out of France. This quirky animated movie is about the coming of age of young Iranian girl amidst the volatile political climate of the country in 70s and 80s.

Marjane lives with her parents in Tehran. Her grandfather was in prison for being a communist and unsupportive of the Shah regime. Her family supports the underground movement to overthrow the Shah’s rule. As the Islamic revolution takes place, and Ayotollah Khomeni heads the country’s new government, Marjane’s family participates in the universal celebration of a better time to come.

They are however proved wrong, as the new Islamic Government starts indiscriminate execution of all nationalists and Marxists and imposes stringent rules on the general populace. The fibre of the country weakens and Iraq, its neighbour commemces attacks, weakening further the strength of the people.Its in this environment that most of Marjane’s childhood is spent. She experiences loss for the very first time when her Uncle Anush is executed by the government. Her God and grandmother form her strength and her touchstones.
Apart from being a basic lesson in Iranian history , the movie depicts the chaos as soon through the eyes of this young girl. Smuggling into underground parties, buying rock albums in the hiding from the moral police, listening to concocted pro-government history in the classroom – all form the daily life of Marjane.And the constant fear of being executed for having offended the rulers.

The movie is not only about the political turmoil, its also about the growing pains of an average girl, her first love, her first heartbreak, her first experience away from home, the need to fit in a new country and so on. Its about innocence and its loss.

Though the movie deals with very serious themes, the poignant but humorous script and  animated depiction never lets you take anything too seriously. It’s amazing for someone to see all this in a lifetime and be able to tell it the way it is told.

 Verdict : A must must watch


Author: Vipula

Before talking about who we are, we’d like to tell you a bit about how and why Shades of Words came into being. It all started with the idea of “A place where we could share with likeminded people about things we enjoy. From books to music to movies to travel; Shades of Words was to be a place about the best of our experiences” We thought about why should anyone read us? The answer was that whatever we review would be a mix of our experience of the thing along with interesting and useful information about it. So in case you are reading us regularly or even checking us out once in a while then we have succeeded in our efforts someway somewhere. Who are we? Known as Kapil Sood and Vipula Gupta, we thought of Shades of Words on one fine Sunday afternoon. Tired of writing interesting RFP’s and project documentation; we decided to give this a shot. Yes! We work in Indian IT industry. Cupid struck us while were innocently slogging together on the highly intricate job of formatting and beautifying documents! And since then, we have been working together to establish Shades of Words as a place that we can claim as ours. (Because buying a house is still years away!) What else? Kapil also writes some blogs which you can read here and here.

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