Circumstance (2011)

Atafeh and her brother, Mehran, have grown up privileged, in a home filled with music, art, and intellectual curiosity. While Atafeh dreams of fame and adventure, and she and her best friend, Shireen, explore Tehran's underground scene… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 26, 2011
DVD Release Date: December 13, 2011
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A thought-provoking, insightful look into Iranian youth culture.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

The content feels familiar, but the perspective is fresh.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

About a sexy, frank and politically contentious Iranian film, two things can be known for a certainty: (a) It sure wasn't made in Iran and (b) It won't be shown there either.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

"Circumstance" reaffirms cultural stereotypes while serving up generous portions of liberal guilt.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Keshavarz, who was born in New York City and grew up in the U.S. and Iran, shows us how young people in Tehran get around the constrictive system...

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

[The] film is too much a wounded love story to slide into polemic.

Emma Thrower

Circumstance may miss out on making a truly startling political point, but it is a thoroughly enjoyable and tautly executed tale of young love, forbidden fruit and the world previous generations leave behind for us.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

We never doubt the sincerity of the emotions on display, or of the foretaste Circumstance provides of a society on the brink of radical change.

Tom Long
Detroit News

Both Boosheri and Kazemy are newcomers, but their spirited, tender performances -- from the eroticism to the shame and the flights of freedom -- feel completely, devastatingly real.

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Rich Cline

Takes an even-handed approach that never preaches, presenting a resonant side of Iran's society that we have never before seen on screen

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Nate Zoebl
Despite a slate of quality movies by homegrown filmmakers, Iran is not exactly the most film friendly country conceivable. Governed by a strict set of Islamic… More
Panta Oz
Something different... a movie which is supposedly Iranian in which we follow a life of a pretty girl Shireen (Sarah Kazemy) and her privileged classmate… More
William Dunmyer
"Circumstance" should have been great. It had so many elements right, including a fascinating and troubling story. But it is so weighed down by bad… More
Robert Brogan
Circumstance is a surprisingly complex and intriguing look at Iranian lives. Various tensions between sensuality and repression, family and the state, and too… More
Walter M.
Despite their being from very different backgrounds, Shireen(Sarah Kazemy) and Atafeh(Nikohl Boosheri) are the most inseparable of friends, going to parties… More
Alec Barniskis
Any film about two young girls in love with one another in modern day Iran is destined to end unhappily or at least ambiguously. Even with that knowledge,… More

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