Persepolis - Film Review

This animation by Satrapi and Paronnaud is extremely clean looking infused with fluid lines, making it visually pleasing, it is beautifully drawn(by hand)and perfectly edited, the animators throughout hold a certain type of atmosphere just through visual means, this is including the animation's colour choices, keeping it black and white reminds the audience that this could happen to anyone anywhere.

The soundtrack accompanying the animation is fairly diverse, including Iranian music followed by heavy metal thanks to the main character, the film really is a lovely yet emotional piece with multicultural influences.

The minimalist look works well for this film, helping it tell a story that is so full of events, with the story itself being so hectic the simplistic drawing style and lack of colour aid the film more so.

The minimalist take on the animation could be seen as it's one weakness with sharp maybe crude lines and lack of colour, but this is the sole strength. Animated by hand by traditional means, Satrapi has said computer generated graphics are too neat and this takes away the personality of characters, the lines drawn by hand tell more about each character. Who ever doesn't know about the traditional process of old animation methods don't know about the huge effort it takes to make such a long film with 12 pictures for a single second. The Animation was produced by many artists over three years.

This black and white animation shows people in Iraq in a much more realistic manner, the audience can see despite being surrounded by war and death of loved ones the people still celebrate life and try to live normally during such repression and you can see their thoughts behind certain rules and breaking them, even though they would be getting into trouble for even wearing too much make up and end up dead for having a party, many people may not really understand what the country is really like yet this film depicts it in a brilliant and easy way, Satrapi said that if people see the film and see the people as humans just like themselves the film is a success.

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