Circumstance has been added to your Cart
+ CDN$ 3.49 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: boite 112
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
  • Circumstance
  • Sorry, this item is not available in


List Price: CDN$ 34.95
Price: CDN$ 31.00 & FREE Shipping. Details
You Save: CDN$ 3.95 (11%)
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca. Gift-wrap available.
2 used from CDN$ 10.00

Frequently Bought Together

Circumstance + Margarita [DVD] [Import] + CLOUDBURST
Price For All Three: CDN$ 73.89

These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers.

Buy the selected items together

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Product Details

  • Actors: Sarah Kazemy, Nikohl Boosheri, Reza Sixo Safai
  • Directors: Maryam Keshavarz
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Farsi
  • Studio: Mongrel Media
  • Release Date: Dec 13 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005UWQ2LE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,278 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

Product Description

Product Description

Circumstance is a provocative coming-of-age story that cracks open the hidden, underground world of Iranian youth culture, where a young woman's most electrifying passions can become the most dangerous of secrets.

Special Features - Filmmakers' commentary, Making of, Theatrical trailer.


In another place and time, the young women of Circumstance might have a bright future ahead of them, but in Tehran, they must pretend to be something they're not. Sixteen-year-old orphan Shireen (Sarah Kazemy) lives with her strict uncle, while Atafeh's loving parents have provided a comfortable home. Nonetheless, Atafeh's brother, Mehran (Reza Sixo Safai), has traded his classical music career for a crack habit. After a stint in rehab, though, Mehran rejects Western art, embraces Islam, helps out at a mosque--and spies on his family. While he struggles to stay clean and secure a wife, Shireen and Atafeh (Nikohl Boosheri) sneak out to drink and dance to rock and hip-hop with a couple of like-minded male friends. It gradually emerges that the feelings between the girls go deeper than friendship, and the two even participate in a project to dub Gus Van Sant's Milk into Farsi in hopes that other Iranian youth will see the film and agitate for equal rights. After they get in trouble with the law, though, everything changes: Shireen's uncle pressures her to marry, and Atafeh finds her friend slipping away, so she comes up with a plan to solve all their problems at once. Filmed in Beirut, American-born writer-director Maryam Keshavarz's feature-film debut is pitched somewhere between My Son the Fanatic and No One Knows About Persian Cats. If less overtly political, she's equally sympathetic towards her protagonists and just as critical of the individuals and institutions that would stand in their way. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See all 4 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most helpful customer reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EMR on Dec 15 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Really good cinematography, but hopelessly depressing. If that is what life is really like in that country for teenage girls, then it shows a very troubling reality. I could only watch this movie once.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Remarquable! Ça nous fait apprécier le fait de vivre au Canada et de pouvoir vivre comme bon nous semble...
Aussi que l'argent et le fait d'être issu d'une famille bien nantie ne change rien lorsqu'il s'agit de mal-être.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Wonderfully well made movie, kept my attention every second. Hope to see more by the same stars. My interests are also for fetishes, femdommes, latex, etc.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
By JMM on Oct. 9 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I love this film and it's realistic content. I recommend this film to those who love dramas that reflect situations in a realistic way rather than a stereotypical way!
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)

Amazon.com: 62 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Visually Stunning Aug. 24 2011
By Linda Wu - Published on Amazon.com
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!!
42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
I loved this movie. :) Dec 10 2011
By Amanda1201 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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
35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Gorgeous film, painfully real Dec 13 2011
By swami.salami - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Richly satisfying Jan. 4 2012
By V. R. Gardner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Just Love it !! Dec 5 2011
By 3hirdEye - Published on Amazon.com
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 !!