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Visually stunning--- I meant the two lead actresses. I think this movie would have a lot of mainstream appeal if only it had the commercial clout to back it up. Definitely better than the boring and pretentious, "The Kids Are Alright." The beautifully shot Circumstance depicts the story of the forbidden love between two teenage girls in contemporary Tehran, the beautiful and privileged Atafeh (Nikohl Boosheri) and the orphaned Shireen (Sarah Kazemy) and their struggle to overcome the societal pressures encroaching on their personal desires. Their journey of sexual rebellion in the underground party scene leads to a series of twists and turns that eventually lands Shireen in prison where she is coerced into marriage with Atafeh's creepy brother, Mehran (Reza Sixo Safai)...
I was able to catch the first Canadian premiere of this movie at the Inside Out film festival in Toronto. I can't wait for the DVD to come out since it seems I can't find any screening of it in my local theatres.
Consequently, I've also been scouring the online reviews of this movie. So far the verdict is a little disappointing, but I think the critics are being too harsh, too snobby, too finicky, and overly critical. I know that's their jobs; however, I really don't believe any one of them has given any substantial reason for their tepid reviews. I will not waste your time going through them one by one but my conclusion is that critics barely know what they're talking about.
Forget the critics! Go watch and enjoy this movie! (if you can, it's currently being screened at select cities in the U.S.)
And please, someone at Amazon, get an actual poster of the film for the cover!! I don't know whose face that is!!
This movie truly shows the love between two women. These actresses truly show the love between their two characters. This movie is about the freedom to be yourself, to express yourself as an individual. This is truly difficult in Iran today, but especially with the current Iranian girls and boys. It is a message that whereever you live, you have the right to be who you choose to be and who you want to fall in love with.
The story of these two girls, it just carries me away. I'm truly impressed by the story from beginning to end. I agree with my follow reviewer that the film is organized, deep and very sensual.
I love this story.
My only wish was that these two in the end would have been together, I was extremely upset when in the end they didn't end up together.
However, this movie expresses an overall message-that even though it may be difficult to be yourself, you should not let that stop you from being who you are, and who you love.
I loved this movie and I hope that you all check it out.
Sending my love-and to all those who are having trouble coming out or having a hard time being yourself-It gets better! trust me. It took me a long time to come out to my parents, but in the end they accepted me for who I was and I will be forever grateful! I send my love to all of you! <3
Superb film that is likely to be better each time you watch it.
I've all been carried away by this story from the beginning until the end. These girls are very talented. This film is very well organized, deep and very sensual.
I must say, Maryam is a genius director !!
Since any public expression of passion is forbidden between Keshavarz's two teenage female protagonists, it brings a whole other level of tension and dread to their shared attraction. Atafeh (Nikohl Boosheri) has the resources and security provided by her wealthy family that allows her to live a double life with her friend and eventual lover, Shireen (Sarah Kazemy). In order to fully explore their feelings, the young women escape into their fantasies of living in a more enlightened land such as Dubai, a haven which is tantamount to Oz. The life of teenage love is difficult enough, but it is even more difficult if that love is between two members of the same sex. Apparently Iran is a country where homosexual relationships can be punishable by death. Atafeh lives in a family of wealth and privilege with her parents (Soheil Parsa and Nasrin Pakkho) and brother, Mehran, (Reza Sixo Safai).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this movie you might want to check the reviews on it but I thought it was a great quality and had a great storyPublished 2 months ago by Kimberly Bramblett
A good film about a family in Iran, how people are prosecuted who speak aginst the regime. Yes, there are two girls who love each other and fool around a bit. But hardly erotic. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Casan
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... Read morePublished 4 months ago by rbrogan3
It was ok,a little short in the story line..some of the scenes were a little confusing.Published 4 months ago by Elisa Iwachow
Shows the reality of the muslim world with homosexuality as whole. i had a feeling it was not going to be a happy ending. Actresses had good chemistry. Read morePublished 5 months ago by susan mat
this brought out memories I had hidden. I cried like I never had in a long time.Published 8 months ago by Becky Anne
Normally I don't mind subtitles too much, but I had a difficult time following this movie. I liked the parts I could follow, but I probably won't do repeat viewings. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Linskey