The life and times of Marjane Satrapi, a Tehran native who lived through much history, receive a striking animated treatment in this drama, a French-made adaptation of Satrapis graphic novel. Writer-directors Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud lend a magical visual sense to the overthrow of the Shah, the rise of the Islamists, the Iran-Irag War, etc., but theres a problem with Satrapi herself - as protagonist, she keeps running away from her repressive homeland. Thats not a good strategy for someone ambitious to tell more than her own personal story as a punk-rock-loving free spirit trapped underneath a burqa. Could have been much more, but then, its Satrapis life were talking about. Featuring the voices of Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, and Danielle Darrieux (95 min.).
Director: Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi
Cast: Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux, Simon Abkarian, Gabrielle Benites, François Jerosme, Tilly Mandelbrot and Sophie Arthuys