Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Watchful

Last night, I met up with the Santella/Katzoff crew at the Angelika Film Center. After some intense deliberations, we saw "Persepolis," the award-winning animated film based the autobiographical graphic novels of the same name.

We saw the original French version with English subtitles. Except for a few moments, it was almost entirely in black and white.

"Persepolis" is the bildungsroman ("coming of age story") of Marjane Satrapi -- specifically her childhood in Iran during the Islamic revolution in the late '70s to her young adult years in the early '90s.

It was a tremendous piece of film-making. Check out the New York Times review for a good description and on-the-mark rave.

What I most took away from the film was that we must be watchful that God is not used as a means of forced social control (as in Iran).

Sacred scripture, faith, spirituality, prayer, religious devotion -- these should promote love -- not hate of the non-believer, the non-conformist or the political opponent.

2 comments:

Heather said...

I still can't believe how much deliberation went into deciding on that movie! Worth it, though, if we hadn't seen it that night it would probably remain in the chorus of movies that I intend to see but never really get to.

The Santella/Katzoff crew... wow, I didn't realize Anthony & I had a crew ; )

Kyle R. Cupp said...

Good review. I'll have to check it out.