Describe it in 25 words or less.
Pete: The story of Marji Satrapi: a girl who grew up in Tehran during the Islamic revolution of the late 1970s.
Brigette: The story of an Iranian girl’s life in Iran in the 70’s.
Any particular reason for choosing this film?
Pete: I read the book last month and was very interested to see how it translated to film.
Brigette: Pete had read the graphic novel and was interested in seeing the film.
Brigette: Graphic Novel Adaptation/Animation
What did you think of the poster and/or credit art?
Pete: I really loved the style of the credits, poster, and animation of the film and the fact that it reflected the graphic novel as well.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Pete: Marjane’s Grandmother because of her wisdom and guidance.
Brigette: Marjane’s grandmother because she was strong and wise.
Who was your least favorite character and why?
Pete: Frau Dr. Heller simply because I thought she was insane.
Brigette: Marjane because she was so unsure of herself, it made it painful to watch the story of her life.
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while?
Pete: It did grab me early on however, because I read the book before watching the film, I felt like it lacked a bit of substance.
Brigette: I was already interested from what Pete had told me of the graphic novel, but the film was also beautifully done and a visual joy to watch.
Pete: “Yeah, yeah. The struggle goes on.” – God
Brigette: “In your life, you’ll meet a lot of jerks. Remember that it’s stupidity that pushes them to be evil. It will prevent you from answering to their nastiness. Because there’s nothing worse than bitterness and vengeance. Always remain worthy and true to yourself.” – Marjane’s grandmother
What would you change?
Brigette: I would have liked the version dubbed in English because I found it difficult to watch all the animation and read the subtitles at the same time.
How was the soundtrack?
Pete: Excellent. Chiara Mastroianni singing “Eye of the Tiger” off-key (which was insisted upon by Marjane Strapari) was the highlight for me.
Brigette: It was beautifully scored by Olivier Bernet. You can listen to it here.
How does the film compare to the book?
Pete: The book was much better as it gave more emotion and insight to Marji in nearly every circumstance.
How was the ending?
Pete: It left me with a weird melancholy feeling.
What was the moral of the story?
Pete: Be true to yourself and never forget where you came from.
Brigette: Figure out who you are and what you stand for and remain true to that.
Did you learn anything?
Brigette: A bit about the history of Iran.
Who would you recommend it to?
Pete: Anyone who has ever doubted themselves or thought they had a tough childhood.
Brigette: People who have been displaced by war.
Beer Pairing: (Pete’s specialty) Brasserie St. Germain’s Page 24 Brune (Stout)
Favorite Architectural Detail: (Pete’s other specialty)
Tell us about a time when you found it difficult to stay true to yourself.