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Rome Review: Marjane Satrapi Gets Loose, Has Fun In Black Comedy 'The Gang Of The Jotas'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • November 16, 2012 7:55 AM
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For her third feature film after 2007's beloved "Persepolis" and 2011's "Chicken with Plums," writer-director Marjane Satrapi changes it up once again with "The Gang of the Jotas" ("La Bande des Jotas") which bows today Out of Competition at the Rome Film Festival. Having made the move, with her previous films, from black-and-white animation, to stylized, heavily art-directed live action, here she throws both those styles out of the window and turns in a loose, black comedy road movie that feels, for the most part, about as un-stylized as you can get.

Watch: Trailer For Marjane Satrapi's New Film 'Gang Of The Jotas' Playing The Rome Film Festival

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 11, 2012 11:53 AM
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Several highly anticipated films are already set to bow at the Rome Film Festival when November rolls around. We already know we can expect to see Roman Coppola’s “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III,” the Walter Hill-directed comeback vehicle with Sylvester Stallone's “Bullet to the Head,” and maybe even a surprise bit of Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” may be in order. Still, there’s a quieter side to the festival that isn’t all debuts of big Hollywood films, and that’s where Marjane Satrapi’s “Gang of the Jotas” fits in.

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