Synopsis - The coming-of-age story of a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl that begins during the Islamic Revolution. We meet nine-year-old Marjane when the fundamentalists first take power--forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands. The story then follows her as she cleverly outsmarts the "social guardians" and discovers punk, ABBA and Iron Maiden, while living with the terror of government persecution and the Iran/Iraq war. Then Marjane's journey moves on to Austria where, as a teenager, her parents send her to school in fear for her safety and, she has to combat being equated with the religious fundamentalism and extremism she fled her country to escape. Marjane eventually gains acceptance in Europe, but finds herself alone and horribly homesick, and returns to Iran to be with her family, though it means putting on the veil and living in a tyrannical society. After a difficult period of adjustment, she enters art school and marries, continuing to speak out against the hypocrisy she witnesses. At age twenty-four, she realizes that while she is deeply Iranian, she cannot live in Iran. She then makes the heartbreaking decision to leave her homeland for France, optimistic about her future, shaped indelibly by her past.
Review - An excellent movie with great animation, black and white animation didn't look so good until now. You would be surprised at the amount of expression and emotions which could be shown with black and white. You would feel inspired by the dialogues and path taken by the character and you would feel for her when she's down and out. Its about stepping out and coming of age with a heavy political backdrop. If you love graphic novels or great animation, this is one movie you mustn't miss. At times, you would just feel like telling the character how much more can she take, road is pretty rough and she ought to give up but she doesn't. After watching it, you would feel pretty much that there's still hope out there for those are still struggling be it in their dire circumstances. A powerful movie I must say in black and white animation.