The Color of Paradise can reduce even the most jaded filmgoer to open-mouthed astonishment. Simultaneously a religious parable and a socially conscious drama, it's utterly realistic, achingly poetic – and unforgettable.
“There was before Breathless, and there was after Breathless,” one critic has observed. It's both “a pop artifact and a daring work of art” and is “still cool, still new, still – after all this time! – a bulletin from the future of movies.”
Persepolis, an animated feature based on Marjane Satrapi's graphic novels about her youth in revolutionary Iran, is a human story with the depth of great literature. Its minimalist style allows us to zero in on emotions without distractions.