Satrapi’s Autobiographic Film “Persepolis”

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Satrapi’s Autobiographic Film "Persepolis"
Satrapi’s autobiographic film Persepolis connects the fate of her native country to her own experience by showing national and personal expectations being dashed by disappointing reality. Iran during its revolution made many people optimistic about the future without the Shaw. For Satrapi, this optimism was shared in her travelling to Vienna, which brought about a personal liberation that was as disheartening as the oppressive religious regime that made being a woman terrible.
Early in the film, life looks pretty good for the film maker’s family when she was a happy child with a happy family. They were not suffering unduly under the Shaw’s regime. They were lucky and discrete political dissidents,...
The end:
..... was making herself into a slowly dying creature, which perhaps is how she showed Iran under the new regime. It seems as if her fascination with heavy metal and punk had let her to have false expectations about the glory of freedom. To be free is to have one’s self to answer to. The way she awoke in hospital with acute bronchitis, bitter toward the West and its freedoms, seems to be more a symptom of fiery personality than conscious evaluation. Back in Tehran she listens to Iron Maiden, tries to commit suicide and is generally suffering from the same malaise as during her country’s war with Iran. Then she returns to Europe (France this time). This film shows how freedom and female citizenry are complicated as her feelings remain unresolved.