What does one do, or even say, about a film that is, by any measurement that matters, perfect? When considering Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s finely etched animated adaptation of Satrapi’s two-part autobiographical graphic novel about growing up in Tehran during the revolution and the Iran-Iraq War, the problem (if one could call it that) becomes particularly acute. By compressing into this film the myriad of themes that it handles, the filmmakers could have easily encumbered it with a weight that would have outweighed its many sharp delights. But by some strange and fortunate circumstance, they have managed to incorporate each of those weighty topics into a work of art that’s light as a feather, in the manner of the true masterpiece.
Persepolis is in limited release now. You can read the full review at filmcritic.com.