Source: Catholic News Service
Unsual animated film for adults about the coming of age of a feisty young girl (voice of Chiara Mastroianni) in Tehran, Iran, in the troubled years after the fall of the shah's regime; amid the ensuing fundamentalist repression and the violence of the war with Iraq, her politically savvy parents (Catherine Deneuve and Sean Penn) and grandmother (Gena Rowlands) send her to school in Vienna, Austria, for safety, where she feels like an outsider. Marjane Satrapi (on whose life the film is based) and Vincent Paronnaud's absorbing, mostly black-and-white feature gives a valuable historical overview of the social and political situation, but what stays with the viewer is the powerful sense of family. Excellent English edition of the French original. Some rough and crude language and profanity, some brief violent imagery including torture and executions, sexual references, a couple of nonmarital relationships, the acceptability of divorce and brief drug use; acceptable for mature teens. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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