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      Circumstance

      R Released Aug 26, 2011 1h 45m Drama LGBTQ+ List
      86% Tomatometer 79 Reviews 68% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings An Iranian teenager (Nikohl Boosheri) enters a lesbian relationship, while her brother (Reza Sixo Safai) becomes dangerously obsessed with Islamic fundamentalism. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      A thought-provoking, insightful look into Iranian youth culture.

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      Derek Malcolm London Evening Standard Keshavarz's film is both sensuous and audacious if a little uneven. Aug 24, 2012 Full Review Catherine Shoard Guardian Keshavarz uses a trowel to feed us her ideas about living under a repressive regime when all you required was a teaspoon. But she has enough promise to keep you curious for her next offering - if she can just get a lighter grip on the ladle. Rated: 3/5 Aug 23, 2012 Full Review Ashley Clark Little White Lies Bold, haunting and moving; an excellent feature debut. Rated: 4/5 Aug 23, 2012 Full Review David Lamble Bay Area Reporter The increasing fear and paranoia are temporarily offset by witty scenes of young queers dubbing a pirated version of Milk. Jun 10, 2020 Full Review B. Ruby Rich Film Quarterly With an eye for detail and atmosphere reminiscent of Mira Nair and Deepa Mehta, [Maryam] Keshavarz nimbly reworks the diaspora narrative with a fresh, stylish, sexy style. Feb 28, 2020 Full Review Katie Smith-Wong Flick Feast Circumstance is a fascinating and perceptive drama with a refreshing take on modern-day culture clashes in the Middle East. Rated: 4/5 Nov 26, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Naz H This film is a masterpiece! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member It was so oppressing to watch, but this kind of movie allows revolution and people to actually feel what happens to youth. And my god Shireen is such beauty. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Circumstance is a surprisingly complex and intriguing look at Iranian lives. Various tensions between sensuality and repression, family and the state, and too many more to mention play out over the course of a short story. While not a masterpiece, Circumstance is nicely drawn and worth a look, especially if you are unfamiliar with Persian culture. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Serge L Very good effort with a story based on a master treatise. Iranians live in an artificially prude world that actually protects them from the idiotic-ness of western world make efforts to go idiotic. Desire here seems superficial although love is everywhere. The story is very well balanced and i felt surprised to root for everybody in the film. May god be great. Maybe god is great. The outcome is not obvious or formulaic, but it does ring true. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 07/24/15 Full Review Audience Member Very good effort with a story based on a master treatise. Iranians live in an artificially prude world that actually protects them from the idiotic-ness of western world make efforts to go idiotic. Desire here seems superficial although love is everywhere. The story is very well balanced and i felt surprised to root for everybody in the film. May god be great. Maybe god is great. The outcome is not obvious or formulaic, but it does ring true. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member ok romantic drama in a land where love n freedom are monitored Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Movie Info

      Synopsis An Iranian teenager (Nikohl Boosheri) enters a lesbian relationship, while her brother (Reza Sixo Safai) becomes dangerously obsessed with Islamic fundamentalism.
      Director
      Maryam Keshavarz
      Producer
      Maryam Keshavarz, Karin Chien
      Screenwriter
      Maryam Keshavarz
      Distributor
      Roadside Attractions
      Rating
      R (Sexual Content|Language|Some Drug Use)
      Genre
      Drama, LGBTQ+
      Original Language
      Persian
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 26, 2011, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 18, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $452.6K
      Runtime
      1h 45m
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