Parent reviews for Persepolis

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Animated coming-of-age tale is poignant, mature.
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Parents say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

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age 12+
Based on 24 reviews
Adult Written byThis dude June 29, 2021

Very Honest, Powerful film goes some dark places based on real tragedies.

Persepolis is a very unique film which is hard to properly describe.
While the official synopsis says it's about the director's experience growing up in war-torn Iran, that's only half true. As a whole, the film is about her entire childhood and early adult life, and how the political climate in her native home effected her life even after she left the country.

Because of this setup, the film goes beyond just talking about war and it's effects, but also dives deeper into the human condition, and other struggles people go through even in more stable parts of the world, such as depression, love troubles, and culture wars.

As far as messaging goes, the film has a pretty positive takeaway, focusing on staying true to yourself and not letting what people think about you change who you are. There is a lot of talk about politics but for the most part the film never really tries to sell the audience on any ideology, rather just uses it to explain why certain characters interact the way they do.

There are some good role models in the film, Marjane's parents and family are shown to be genuinely caring and just wanting what's best for her, especially in the early parts of the film when she's still a child.
Marjane herself is not written as being an idealized or incredible person, despite her having the opportunity to do so. She chose to acknowledge her own character flaws, which while not immediately connected to the story itself, is a good attitude to have.

Violence is not especially intense or frequent, but the concepts and images presented are pretty grisly. While more typical war violence is shown from a distance, (tanks, anti air guns, etc) more brutal or reprehensible acts of violence, like police firing on and killing protestors, bombings killing civilians, and even blindfolded "Martyrs" being forced to run into minefields are given focus. Young Marjane is portrayed as having a problem with aggression, hurting or trying to hurt other kids on a few occasions. While not visually violent, tragic concepts such as death due to illness also make appearances, and the film's tone can become very dark at times.

Language is very frequent, with words like "B****rd, S**t, D**m, and other insults being spoken almost every other line in some scenes. There is a single usage of the F word.

Sex is talked about pretty frequently, but very little physical intimacy is depicted. In one scene a naked couple is shown in bed, with no privates shown, one character frequently makes crass sexual jokes pertaining to the size of men's privates. Sex is implied off-screen, and the concept of rape is brought up on a couple of occasions.

Drinking and smoking are both depicted on multiple occasions, including some usage of Marijuana. One character attempts suicide by overdosing on medication.

This title contains:

Positive Messages
Positive role models
Violence & scariness
Sexy stuff
Language
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult Written byiesha p. November 30, 2020

Its Not bad at all but watch it if you're emotionally strong

I have read the book and seen the film. Bring the tissue box also.

This title contains:

Positive Messages
Positive role models
Violence & scariness
Sexy stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult Written bylance2789 November 27, 2018

Persepolis Review

Persepolis is certainly not a film for immature teenagers. If you have a phobia of vomiting or blood, steer clear of this movie. Because war is a prevalent theme in Satrapi's life, many figures are depicted killed, one with a pool of blood around it. Satrapi projectile vomits in a scene where she reads her ex-boyfriend's play and coughs up blood. Two instances of the f-word.

This title contains:

Language
Adult Written bynatashabee April 9, 2008
Adult Written byImaMira April 9, 2008

a fantastic film for teens & adults

This is an amazing film, and I highly recommend it for older teens & adults. The sex, violence, & drug/alcohol use are perfectly appropriate (not gratuitous) within the context of the film. It is a stunningly smart film, and viewers will learn about modern Iranian history & culture. The movie's depiction of the girl's emotional growth & development of personal courage & perseverance is beautiful to watch and inspiring. The family relationships are very positive, which is refreshing in a movie these days. I wouldn't call it an uplifting film, due to some tragic content, but it is powerful, and I enjoyed every minute watching it.