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Genre: Foreign - Animation

Reviewed In Issue 133 (Jul/Aug 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Featuring The Voice Talents Of Chiara Mastroianni, Simon Abkarian, Danielle Darrieux, Catherine Deneuve & Gabrielle Lopes

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Special features include the 30-minute The Hidden Side Of Persepolis and nine-minute Behind The Scenes Of Persepolis featurettes, a 29-minute Cannes Press Conference Q & A, three selected scenes with commentary by cast and crew, four Animated Scene Comparisons, and previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 22525
(MPAA Rating): PG-13
(Rating Reason):

For mature thematic material including violent images, sexual references and brief drug content
(Retail Price): $29.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 95
(Color Type): B/W With Color Sequences
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2007
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 06/24/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud
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Story Synopsis:
Persepolis is set during the Islamic Revolution in Iran, a time when the veil is forced on women, and thousands of dissidents are imprisoned. Marjane (Mastroianni) is an outspoken nine-year-old girl who questions the religious fundamentalist laws that have gripped her country. Worried for her well-being, Marjane's mother (Deneuve) and father (Abkarian) make the difficult decision to send her away to Vienna to attend school. Now living in Austria, where everyone is free to do and think what they wish, Marjane is left alone to endure the problems of a typical teenager. Based on the graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi. (Stacey Pendry)

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