Last night we headed over to the Landmark Theater at the Westside Pavillion to watch Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis.  The theater was a revelation in that we had a reserved love seat.  You heard that right New Yorkers… Reserved.  Love.  Seat. 

Score yet another point for L.A. over NYC: Could you imagine having a reserved love seat at, say, the Angelika on a Friday night?  Yeah,that’s what I thought.   You freeze your kiester off waiting in line and then somehow everyone gets in ahead of you and you end up sitting in the front row next to some old crank who talks back at stupid Laura Linney through the whole freaking show, which you didn’t want to see anyway but the major documentary was sold out like it always is…

Which is to say Persepolis was excellent.  We highly recommend it.  And if you haven’t read the books already, we can recommend those too.  What?  You want me to give you a movie review?  Just watch this trailer.

What we’re dealing with here is a highly moving 2-D-animated-bildungsroman with a female Iranian protagonist and a great soundtrack.  How’s that?

I think the film is playing only in New York and L.A. right now with subtitles, but word on Wikipedia is an English dub is on the way with Sean Penn, Gena Rowlands, and Iggy Pop — most likely as the voice of God.