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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Nikohl Boosheri and Reza Sixo Safai - Keon Mohajeri, Nikohl Boosheri, director Maryam Keshavarz and Reza Sixo Safai West Hollywood, California - The 29th Annual Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Screening of 'Circumstances' held at The DGA Theater Tuesday 12th July 2011
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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Swinton herself is an ex-boarding school pupil.