Synopsis: In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs.
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 28 wins & 54 nominations.
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96 min

Passport, please.


your ticket and your passport.

Marji, stop running!

Look! It's Nioucha over there!

Marji, you've really grown up!

Did you bring me a present?

How is Paris?

And the Eiffel Tower?

Welcome to Teheran.

You're here!

Your luggage.

No, it's me!

Come on! They're waiting for us.

I remember.

Back then,

I had a quiet life.

A little girl's life.

I used to love fries with ketchup

and Bruce Lee,

I was wearing Adidas shoes

and I had 2 obsessions:

to shave my legs and

to become the last prophetess.

If you put a pen under your tits

and it gets stuck then you're

in deep sh*t.

If we shake this one,

we can fill a box.

Calm down!

They let me see him last week.

He wasn't a pretty sight.

They told me that they would

release him. It's been 4 years.

Don't worry.

This regime won't last much longer.

There's going to be one heck of a row.

Mom! Marji hurt me!

The dragon's revenge is a

dish best eaten cold!

The dragon is gonna get some.

"I, Marjane, future prophetess,

have decided that:

"One, everybody must have

a good behavior.

"Two, everybody must

preach good words.

"Three, everybody must

do one good deed.

"Four, the poor must be able to

eat one fried chicken everyday.

"Five, no old woman will

suffer ever again."


if it's gonna be like that,

I'll be your first disciple.

Really? Great!

How to be sure that

they won't suffer anymore?

It'll be forbidden.

I should have thought about it.

What's going on?

Death to the shah!

Death to the shah!

I knew it!

I knew it!

This is an historic moment!

He's finally gonna pay.

Yes, daughter.

Your father will be avenged.

The shah will meet his

buddies in Washington.

As for myself,

I think I love the shah.

He's been chosen by God.

Yes! Absolutely!

God himself told me.

The teacher too.

The shah wasn't chosen by God.



That's what they say.

I'll tell you how it happened.

Truth is that 50 years ago,

the shah's father, an officer,

wanted to overthrow the

Qadjar emperor.

I'll do like Ataturk!

I'll modernize the country.

I'll create a republic!

But the English heard about it.

Hello! Why do you want

to create a republic?

You could be emperor!

Me? Emperor?

Of course!

It's better than president.

You'll have full powers.

A country like yours

needs a strong man like you

to rule it.

Hmm... It's quite true.

And also... you know that

the clergy

is against the republic.

Between us, he's right.

What must I do?

Nothing. You give us the oil.

We'll take care of the rest.

Now, I am the king!

Everything that belong to you is mine.

He was an a**hole!

- Oh!

- Yes and no.

He was a dictator,

but he modernized Iran.

He loved his country,

unlike his son, his successor.

I am the king now!

I am the light of the Aryans!

I'll make this country

the most modern of all time!

Our people will shine again!

Yes, the shah's father

has been very hard.

He put your grandpa in prison.

But his son was ten times worse.

Grandpa has been in prison?

Yes! He was a member of

the royal family.

He was a Qadjar prince. The shah's

father took everything from him.

He went to prison because

he was a communist.

My grandpa was a Qadjar prince

and also a communist!

God damn it! You're still alive.

I was worried.

- They shot on people!

- It was hot.

We escaped but we got caught later.

Those sons of b*tches

took my films.

- We were at the police station.

- Marji was overexcited.

She was a pain in the neck with the

proletarians, the class struggle

and this bearded man,

"Che Guevero."

The guy who was killed

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Marjane Satrapi

Marjane Satrapi (Persian: مرجان ساتراپی‎) (born 22 November 1969) is an Iranian-born French graphic novelist, cartoonist, illustrator, film director, and children's book author. more…

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