Circumstance

Circumstance

DVD - 2011 | Persian
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A provocative coming-of-age story that cracks open the hidden, underground world of Iranian youth culture filled with sex, drugs and defiance. 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
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : Lions Gate Home Entertainment, 2011
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Other Standard Identifier: 031398146995

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voisjoe1_0
Apr 06, 2017

When the Shah, a treacherous puppet of the USA was overthrown by revolutionaries in 1979, Iran had a chance to develop a modern free society. Unfortunately, like so many third-world countries damaged for decades by exploitation of the West, the repressive regime of Iran was replaced with another repressive regime ruled by fundamentalist mullahs and ayatollahs. Another example in contemporaneous time where the citizens overthrew a dictator in the hopes of more liberties and then see it replaced by another dictator would be Egypt. This Iranian film exposes the repressive nature of the current Iranian government to such an extent I suspect that it had to be filmed in Lebanon. To tell the truth, I seriously doubt that it can be shown in Iran. I do not have facts to back this up, but this would be my guess.

AL_MARINA Nov 16, 2016

As the world talks more about radicalization and the resurgence of conservative ideologies, I found this movie an excellent depiction of how swiftly and insidiously freedoms can be curtailed. Taking place during the tenure of President Ahmadinejad, whose election marked a distinct political and cultural shift away Western ideas, the movie explores much more than just a troubled lesbian love story. Heavy-handed at times, it still effectively evoked the sense of suffocation and dread experienced by the protagonists, and made understandable the ways in which they all attempt to survive this change...

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QnVz
Nov 01, 2016

We liked it but the ending left us hanging and took away some stars we would have given it. It didn't have to have a "happy ending" but not leave us hanging would have been great.

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DavidPreston
Jan 24, 2014

Some commenters here seem to be of the opinion that every film dealing with homosexuality has to be political and carry the official LGBT seal of approval. Clearly, this is not trying to be that kind of film. But it's good anyway. Perhaps it does overreach itself in trying to incorporate too many sub-plots (gay love, coming of age, Iran politics, class conflict, etc.) but the acting, directing, and cinematography were strong enough to support the film and keep me interested. This film should appeal to anyone with a working knowledge of modern Iran. And that's a lot of people. If you don't know (or care) about Iran, then don't bother watching. And don't bother commenting. (And don't bother reading this, either.)

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Ron@Ottawa
Sep 16, 2013

I had a problem with my copy of the DVD which forced me to skip a couple of chapters. However, based on what I managed to view this is a film about modern-day Iran and a story about two young women in love with one another. Both actresses are beautiful and their presence together is sensual. A lot of disco scenes, loud music, smoking, etc. which turned me off. Still a watchable film overall.

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re_discover
Mar 17, 2013

A lot of things are left unexplained in this film. For example, why is Shireen living with Atafeh's family in the first place? There is a slight reference to her parents being professors who we can assume were killed, but nothing more than that. The whole plot seems inconceivable.

HOL Jan 15, 2013

Absolutely excellent

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poolman
Sep 17, 2012

A captivating pic of life for straight, lesbian and gay 20-somethings in modern Iran. Despite its being a portrait of how these typically free-spirited people live and cope with a conservative, restrictive and patterned society and despite the exotic locale, the Farsi language and Iranian customs, there’s something universal and fundamentally human in their desires, fears and adaptations. Beautifully and evocatively filmed there is a lot of tense sensuality (and a lesser amount of sexuality) here which underscores the emotions portrayed by a stellar cast. A hidden gem.

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joseph
Jul 04, 2012

Skip It - Circumstance (2011) 107 min. [Foreign – Persian]. I’m going to classify this Persian film as a dreadfully missed opportunity to demonstrate the cultural rejection of homosexuality in the middle east. The affair involves two women who must hide their affection for each other from their families. The film is more about teenage defiance than how homosexuality is treated in that part of the world. Not worth watching….

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dnl
Jun 19, 2012

This movie really showcases the contradiction in modern Iranian life. The girls drive, go to underground clubs, and illegally dub Sex and the City into Farsi, and Afti's mother works as a doctor. On the other hand, marriages are arranged, police crack down on "indecent" activity, and a young man raised in a liberal household becomes a repressive extrememist. Dubai is a haven for the two protagonists. The film is not as fun as the box led me to believe but I was glad that at least the girls' love for each other was not in question. The circumstances in the film certainly made me enraged though!

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Sep 17, 2012

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