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We meet 9-year-old Marjane when the fundamentalists first take power; she cleverly outsmarts the “social guardians” and discovers punk, ABBA and Iron Maiden, while living with the terror of government persecution and the Iran/Iraq war; as a teenager, her parents send her to school in Austria in fear for her safety and she has to combat being equated with the religious fundamentalism and extremism she fled her country to escape. Marjane gains acceptance in Europe but finds herself homesick, and returns to...more

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… a moving, intimate, complex, visually beautiful black-and-white story.

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90 out of 100 Metascore®

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Iffy for 14+

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