PERSEPOLIS | British Board of Film Classification
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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 96m 1s

Release date 25/04/2008

Ratings Info Contains moderate violence, drugs and one use of strong language

Director(s) Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi

Cast includes Chiara Mastroianni (voice), Catherine Deneuve (voice), Danielle Darrieux (voice), Simon Abkarian (voice), Gabrielle Lopes Benites (voice)

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Cinema release suitable for 12 years and over icon12A

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Ratings info publication date 15/04/2008

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

PERSEPOLIS is an Iranian animation, dubbed into English, that tells the story of a young girl’s turbulent childhood in Iran, during the regime change and war. It was classified ‘12A’ for moderate violence, drugs and one use of strong language.

The moderate violence is mostly in the form of quite stylised B&W flashbacks to the horrors of war, and includes the silhouette of a protestor being shot, with small blood spurts, plus battle scenes. There are also carefully handled verbal references to torture methods. It was considered that these were allowable at ‘12A’, where BBFC Guidelines state ''Violence must not dwell on detail. There should be no emphasis on injuries or blood '. Moderate use of soft drugs is seen when an older (late teens) Marjane briefly passes and smokes marijuana joints with her friends, although no verbal reference is made to the drugs at the time. The BBFC Guidelines say that 'Any misuse of drugs must be infrequent and should not be glamorised or instructional'. The single use of strong language occurs when the outspoken heroine tells her vindictive landlady to 'go f*** yourself', after she has cast unwarranted slurs on Marjane's nationality and character. The BBFC Guidelines at ‘12A’ direct that ‘the use of strong language (eg ‘fuck’) must be infrequent.

The work also contains several mild to moderate sex references, such as Marjane asking the cruel nuns 'Is it true all nuns were prostitutes first?'.


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