Cert: 12A Year: 2007 Length: 95 mins Language: French
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Score: 82.31% Attendance: 100
Notable for its warmth and humour, Marjane Satrapi's splendid, visually inventive adaptation of her autobiographical comic is much more a personal work than a political one, but she certainly hasn’t endeared herself to the Iranian authorities in this portrayal of life after the Islamic Revolution. Feisty, smart young Marjane is a true force of nature and her parents and lively grandmother applaud her independence. However, they realise that the teenager’s lust for life will eventually lead her into trouble with the Ayatollah Khomeini regime, so she’s sent to Vienna - but the carefree western ways of her new friends fail to impress her and she yearns for her homeland...
Here is an adaptation so inspired, so simple and so frictionless in its transformation of the source material that it's almost a miracle.
PETER BRADSHAW, GUARDIAN
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