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Circumstance (2011)

Nikohl Boosheri , Sarah Kazemy , Maryam Keshavarz  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nikohl Boosheri, Sarah Kazemy, Reza Sixo Safai, Soheil Parsa, Nasrin Pakkho
  • Directors: Maryam Keshavarz
  • Writers: Maryam Keshavarz
  • Producers: Maryam Keshavarz, Karin Chien, Melissa Lee, Antonin Dedet
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: December 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005Q4CLKW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,840 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Circumstance" on IMDb

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Winner of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, CIRCUMSTANCE is a provocative coming-of-age story that cracks open the hidden, underground world of Iranian youth culture filled with sex, drugs and defiance. From newcomer Maryam Keshavarz, this suspenseful tale of love and defiance unfolds as a wealthy family struggles to contain their teenage daughter’s growing sexual rebellion and her brother’s dangerous obsession.

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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this movie. :) December 10, 2011
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Dear Current Reader,

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
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visually Stunning August 24, 2011
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!!
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous film, painfully real December 13, 2011
This was a beautifully filmed piece of art. Each scene was gorgeous to watch, and the unfolding love between these two women was portrayed in a realistic way. The story was not only moving but the film as a whole touches on extremely important political and social issues in Persian culture. Yet, it also transcends Persian culture as the theme of patriarchy is relevant everywhere. Heartbreaking and relevant - a must-see.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Richly satisfying January 4, 2012
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Maryam Keshavarz is maturing as a filmmaker, and this film demonstrates the rich story-telling tradition within which she is working. Although the film's box screams "sex", there is so much more to this than just two girls getting it on. Iran has a great deal of conflict between and within generations about what to do with music and singing by women, and this film portrays that complexity beautifully, with a story that is not polemical. Iran has a rich music culture, both "traditional" and "modern", and one can begin to see here some of the problems and intersections.

Superb film that is likely to be better each time you watch it.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Love it !! December 5, 2011
It's about human rights and freedom of expression in Iran today but especially in the current Iranian girls & boys, therefore a universal message.
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 !!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transgression of boundries in Iranian movies September 20, 2011
This movie is absolutely stunning on many fronts. Director Maryam Keshavarz surprises the audience by presenting a beautiful, touching and unpredictable love story involving two lesbian youngsters who have to overcome challenges emanated from traditional family values and a jealous brother to be together. Beside its boldness and courage, the movie accentuates lesibianism which adds a new dimension to Iranian cinema. The acting is phenomenal and the cinematography is amazing. Don't miss it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love is.... January 17, 2012
CIRCUMSTANCE is a brave film from the respected filmmaker Maryam Keshavarz who both wrote and directed this film about contemporary mores and cultural taboos in Iran. It is a film that dares to create a story about family, the youth culture of clubs and drugs and all night music, about the Morality Police who carefully guard the standards of public (and private!) behavior, and about same sex liaisons. It is a beautifully photographed study of star-crossed lovers who happen to both be young teenage girls and the manner in which they cope with their love and with the family and world outside the sanctity of their breathtakingly erotic moments together. Because of the lack of sanctions of the themes of the film which is supposedly set in Tehran the film had to be shot in Lebanon: knowing this adds to the impact of the drama the film so carefully exposes.

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).
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3.0 out of 5 stars no biggie. I would buy from seller again.
no biggie. I would buy from seller again.
Published 1 month ago by Watcher Deb
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
did not like it at all.
Published 1 month ago by Florence Bloss
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Did not care for this a lot.
Published 1 month ago by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars Circumstance is a must see!
Two Iranian teens are a lot more than just friends. The two girls discover there sexuality with each other. But the world they live in tries to tear them apart. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lynette Oliva
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by zoneup2
3.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Story ...But!
A very good story ....BUT. The BUT being the sub titles and my ability to read them. The story looks very good and I will perservere in watching it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by jordyn skye
1.0 out of 5 stars this not for me
This movie was boring didnt understandd it.i surpose this movie for teens young adults .looking for love first time.not for me
Published 5 months ago by cyd thy kyd
5.0 out of 5 stars very beautiful movie
I would consider this movie to be somewhat of an artsy, independent film, so if you can't appreciate these kinds of films then i wouldn't watch it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ruby Ceniceros
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Movie
I had such high hopes for this movie but was bitterly disappointed. This is definitely the worst movie I have ever seen. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Holly
4.0 out of 5 stars 4stars and only4
i give this film 4 stars because this movie was relatable, tender sweet educational and moving but only 4 because it had a sad ending
Published 6 months ago by Kristina hatcher
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