Stories for January 19, 2008
Just to clear up any confusion, although much of the story is set in Iran, the film was made in France and in the French language. That is because Satrapi and co-filmmaker Vincent Paronnaud both live in Paris, and Satrapi was educated in French schools. But ultimately her film attains a very universal appeal. For one thing, the animation style is simple and appealing. In adapting the graphic novels, Satrapi and Paranoud remain very faithful to the hand drawn style of the books. This is more like
Cassandra's Dream focuses on two brothers: Ian (Ewan McGregor) and Terry (Colin Farrell). Ian's a rather dutiful son who works at the family's floundering restaurant to help out his sick dad. He keeps multiple schemes on the side, though, for the day he gets up the nerve to quit the restaurant. Terry, on the other, doesn't seem to have any plans at all. He works as a mechanic, lives day to day, and lets his fortunes ride on how well he does at the track or the tables.