PERSEPOLIS Directed by Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud. 95 min. See listings. Rating: NNNNN
During an interview at last year’s Film Festival, Marjane Satrapi was excited about the upcoming English dubbed version of Persepolis, the film version of her autobiographical graphic novels about life in Iran and beyond.
The film has already enjoyed a healthy commercial run here. It got nominated for a best animated feature Oscar (it lost to Ratatouille), but its failure to get an Oscar nomination for foreign-language film (it was France’s entry) was a shock.
Whether people who saw the first version will go see this one is debatable, despite voice work by Sean Penn (as Marjane’s father), Gena Rowlands (grandmother) and Iggy Pop (uncle). Chiara Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve, who voiced the original French version, reprise their work as Marjane and her mother respectively.
Thankfully, the look of the film – one of its chief joys – is unaltered. So for those who don’t like reading subtitles, it’s worth checking out. English version opens Friday (April 11).