"Thanks Usman for your analysis and the extra info at the end. However I'm not sure Marjane Satrapi takes such a cynical view of the experiences described in her story. To quote her interview on this website: "The vocation of the film is not to give answers. I never say: this is good, or this is not good. Things happen and the viewer can decide for him or herself. The people who give answers are preachers, and I hate preachers.""