Circumstance (2011)


Nikohl Boosheri; Sarah Kazemy; Reza Sixo Safai, Keon Mohajeri

Maryam Keshavarz
Brian Rigby Hubbard
Karin Chien, Maryam Keshavarz, Melissa M. Lee

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Maryam Keshavarz

Directed by Maryam Keshavarz

Teenagers Atafeh, and her best friend, Shireen, are experimenting with their burgeoning sexuality amidst the subculture of Tehran’s underground art scene when Atafeh’s brother, Mehran, returns home from drug rehab as the prodigal son. Battling his demons, Mehran vehemently renounces his former life as a classical musician and joins the morality police. He disapproves of his sister’s developing intimate relationship with Shireen and becomes obsessed with saving Shireen from Atafeh’s influence. Suddenly, the two siblings, who were close confidants, are entangled in a triangle of suspense, surveillance, and betrayal as the once-liberal haven of the family home becomes a place of danger for the beautiful Atafeh.

Splendidly constructed and saturated with a sumptuous sense of style and sensuality, -i-Circumstance-/i- marks the arrival of an exciting, original talent. First-time feature writer/director Maryam Keshavarz registers a rare glimpse of forbidden love in today’s Iranian youth culture.

-Shari Frilot, Sundance Film Festival

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