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  • Actors: Nikohl Boosheri, Sarah Kazemy, Reza Sixo Safai
  • Directors: Maryam Keshavarz
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Farsi
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Sept. 2012
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008CZOON4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,552 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Set in contemporary Iran in the unseen world of Iranian youth culture, filled with underground parties, sex, drugs and defiance, Circumstance is the story of two vivacious young girls - Atafeh and Shireen - discovering their burgeoning sexuality, struggling with their desires and the boundaries placed upon them by the world they were born into.

Winner of the Sundance Audience Award, Circumstance is a thrilling expose of an Iranian culture rarely seen.

Maryam Keshavarz s directorial debut has blazed a promising trail at film festivals the world over, challenging audience's pre-conceived perspectives of a society and how women can defy the rules imposed upon them, despite the dangers they face.

Extras: Interview with director Maryam Keshavarz and Director's Commentary.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp on 17 Jan. 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader on 8 Sept. 2014
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What a pleasure this film was, intelligent, sensitive and well directed, with two sensational lead actresses. It was sensuous rather than sexual, sweet, charming and very funny in places - the girls' arrival for 'sewing classes' which turned out to be a wild and boozy party still makes me smile. It was also a very interesting depiction of modern Iranian life. I thoroughly recommend it.
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Tehran, Iran
"Let no love fall victim to CIRCUMSTANCE"

I love learning about what I don't know. This film is all those things you want a film to be: topical, poignant, revealing, superbly acted, reality-suspending, great musical score (really, who could have known that guttural Arabic could sound so good when rapped?), artistic; script, directing and editing, all top-notch.

A film to recommend, watch, enjoy and maybe even be inspired by
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mohi on 23 Mar. 2014
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This is an Excellent film about the reality of women and their emotions, no matter who they are and where they belong.
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Excellent film with great actors. Shows the discrimination, sexism and expectations on women and how they are treated. Its a believable love story too. Brilliant film.
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By Steve Denham on 8 Feb. 2015
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Good story of two girls trying to find themselves
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