Utpal Borpujari

May 6, 2009

DVD review: Persepolis & Savages

By Utpal Borpujari

Persepolis (French); NDTV Lumiere / Excel Home Video; Rs 499

Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire during the Achaemenid dynasty. It is also the name of Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel. The film, inspired by the novel and directed by Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, follows the simple imagery that is in sharp contrast to the computer-generated, picture-perfect images of Hollywood stuff. Unlike most animation films, this one is not for children, though the protagonist is a girl child. Nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, Persepolis raises a banner of revolt as it questions the Islamic regime in Iran as the story travels from the period of Shah of Iran’s regime to the Revolution and beyond. Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, the film alternately uses black and white and colour imagery to represent various times, and questions the so-called values of a conservative society. This is a film to be relished.

 

Savages (English); 20th Century Fox / Excel Home Video; Rs 499

Rated seventh among the Top Ten movies of 2007 by the Time magazine, Savages is a comic look at emotional estrangement and re-bonding told in a bitter-sweet manner. Directed by Tamara Jenkins who got an Oscar nomination for best screenplay in this film, it is about two single siblings, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney, who come together to take care of their ailing father who sort of never cared for them when they were young. Hoffman is Jon, a theatre professor in Buffalo, New York, while Linney is Wendy, an unsuccessful playwright. They come face to face after years as they take their father home, and their reunion brings back difficult memories even while bringing to the fore their current emotional status. A fine watch helmed by some brilliant acting.

(Published in Deccan Herald, www.deccanherald.com, www.deccanheraldepaper.com, 03-05-2009)

http://www.deccanherald.com/Content/May32009/enter20090502133830.asp

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