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Circumstance Review


This provocative drama was far too hot to allow it to be made in Tehran, where the story is set. So filmmaker Keshavarz instead shot it in Lebanon, which gave her the freedom to explore themes forbidden in Iranian cinema. Fortunately, she takes an even-handed approach that never preaches, presenting a resonant side of Iran's society that we have never before seen on screen.

It centres on Atafeh (Noosheri), a teenager who lives with her liberal musician parents (Parsa and Pakkho) in upper-class Tehran. When her older brother Mehran (Safai) returns home after years of drug abuse, the family worries about his newfound devout Muslim faith. Meanwhile, Atafeh spends most nights partying with her poorer best friend Shireen (Kazemy). They meet a couple of guys (Mohajeri and Amedson) and help them dub Sean Penn's Oscar-winning film Milk into Farsi to distribute on the black market. And they also start to fall in love with each other. With the morality police on the prowl, they dream of escaping to live somewhere that's free.

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Picture - Director Maryam Keshavarz and Reza... West Hollywood, California, Tuesday 12th July 2011

Reza Sixo Safai and Nikohl Boosheri - Director Maryam Keshavarz and Reza Sixo Safai, Nikohl Boosheri, Keon Mohajeri West Hollywood, California - The 29th Annual Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Screening of 'Circumstances' held at The DGA Theater Tuesday 12th July 2011

Reza Sixo Safai and Nikohl Boosheri

Picture - Kim Yutani, Keon Mohajeri, Nikohl... West Hollywood, California, Tuesday 12th July 2011

Nikohl Boosheri and Reza Sixo Safai - Kim Yutani, Keon Mohajeri, Nikohl Boosheri, director Maryam Keshavarz, Reza Sixo Safai, Kirsten Schaffer West Hollywood, California - The 29th Annual Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Screening of 'Circumstances' held at The DGA Theater Tuesday 12th July 2011

Nikohl Boosheri and Reza Sixo Safai

Picture - Guest, director Maryam Keshavarz and... West Hollywood, California, Tuesday 12th July 2011

Reza Sixo Safai and Nikohl Boosheri - Guest, director Maryam Keshavarz and Reza Sixo Safai, Keon Mohajeri, Nikohl Boosheri West Hollywood, California - The 29th Annual Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Screening of 'Circumstances' held at The DGA Theater Tuesday 12th July 2011

Picture - Moderator Shirley Jahad, director Maryam... West Hollywood, California, Tuesday 12th July 2011

Reza Sixo Safai and Nikohl Boosheri - Moderator Shirley Jahad, director Maryam Keshavarz and Reza Sixo Safai, Nikohl Boosheri West Hollywood, California - The 29th Annual Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Screening of 'Circumstances' held at The DGA Theater Tuesday 12th July 2011

Picture - Gingger Shankar, director Maryam Keshavarz... West Hollywood, California, Tuesday 12th July 2011

Reza Sixo Safai and Nikohl Boosheri - Gingger Shankar, director Maryam Keshavarz and Reza Sixo Safai, Nikohl Boosheri West Hollywood, California - The 29th Annual Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Screening of 'Circumstances' held at The DGA Theater Tuesday 12th July 2011

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Atafeh and Shireen are sixteen year-old girls who live in Iran. Their lives are governed by strict rules yet the two girls take risks every day in order to live the life they desire. Shireen is an orphan and Atafeh comes from a wealthy family; when Atafeh's reformed brother takes a liking to Shireen he doesn't understand her distance to him and the fondness his sister and the orphan share for one and other.

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