Circumstance Reviews

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June 10, 2020
The increasing fear and paranoia are temporarily offset by witty scenes of young queers dubbing a pirated version of Milk.
February 28, 2020
With an eye for detail and atmosphere reminiscent of Mira Nair and Deepa Mehta, [Maryam] Keshavarz nimbly reworks the diaspora narrative with a fresh, stylish, sexy style.
November 26, 2019
Circumstance is a fascinating and perceptive drama with a refreshing take on modern-day culture clashes in the Middle East.
January 8, 2019
Luckily, Circumstance is stunning, one worth watching purely for the drama.
August 23, 2018
An arresting and beautiful love story that carefully navigates its themes.
September 27, 2012
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.
September 4, 2012
Takes an even-handed approach that never preaches, presenting a resonant side of Iran's society that we have never before seen on screen
August 28, 2012
Circumstance bravely depicts the political plight of independent young women in Iran, a timely and worthwhile subject somewhat let down by two-dimensional storytelling.
August 26, 2012
Crude and predictable but nevertheless affecting ...
August 24, 2012
Keshavarz's film is both sensuous and audacious if a little uneven.
August 24, 2012
Freed from the constraints of Iranian censorship, Keshavarz authentically portrays young life in Tehran with parties, drugs, underground art and a defiant sexuality
August 23, 2012
A lush, insightful drama exploring the tensions beneath the implacable face of modern Iran.
August 23, 2012
Keshavarz uses a trowel to feed us her ideas about living under a repressive regime when all you required was a teaspoon. But she has enough promise to keep you curious for her next offering - if she can just get a lighter grip on the ladle.
August 23, 2012
Bold, haunting and moving; an excellent feature debut.
August 23, 2012
Offers an intoxicating peek into a society where skinny-dipping at dawn can be a revolutionary act.
August 22, 2012
Has some strong performances, a thumping soundtrack and some eye opening themes but its occasional brashness tries too hard to shock.
August 21, 2012
The content feels familiar, but the perspective is fresh.
August 20, 2012
It's languorously filmed and insightful on life in Tehran but let down by an erratic plot turn.
January 27, 2012
The final scenes, dominated to a large extent by the stunning open-book grace of Boosheri, took my breath away, and by the time the film was over I was somewhat awestruck by just how deeply the story being told affected me.
December 30, 2011
An emotionally dense lesbian love story.
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