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  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005UWQ2LE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,315 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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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.

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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

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EMR on Dec 15 2012
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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.
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I enjoyed this excellent movie. It is well written and well executed. I would have given a 4-star rating but the DVD disk that I received was for a PAL TV system rather than the standard NTSC used in North America. Hence I was not able to view it using my blu-ray player. I was able to view it using my computer dvd player.
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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.
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By JMM on Oct. 9 2013
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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!
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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.
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