Circumstance Reviews

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August 24, 2012
Keshavarz's film is both sensuous and audacious if a little uneven.
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 21, 2012
The content feels familiar, but the perspective is fresh.
October 13, 2011
Keshavarz, who was born in New York City and grew up in the U.S. and Iran, shows us how young people in Tehran get around the constrictive system...
October 7, 2011
We never doubt the sincerity of the emotions on display, or of the foretaste Circumstance provides of a society on the brink of radical change.
October 7, 2011
About a sexy, frank and politically contentious Iranian film, two things can be known for a certainty: (a) It sure wasn't made in Iran and (b) It won't be shown there either.
September 30, 2011
[The] film is too much a wounded love story to slide into polemic.
September 16, 2011
Both Boosheri and Kazemy are newcomers, but their spirited, tender performances -- from the eroticism to the shame and the flights of freedom -- feel completely, devastatingly real.
September 16, 2011
This impressive debut feature generates plenty of erotic heat, and Nikohl Boosheri, in her first screen role, gives a captivating performance as the sensually awakened heroine.
September 16, 2011
Offers an inside look at Iran in all its cultural complexity.
September 9, 2011
Keshavarz has cast mostly newcomers with surprisingly effective results, especially the gorgeous Kazemy, whose somber beauty and quiet focus give her character the gravitas she deserves.
September 8, 2011
Maryam Keshavarz has announced herself as a bold voice, albeit from exile, in the new Iranian cinema.
September 8, 2011
Despite its arty veneer and its ostensibly political edge, Circumstance seems more interested in titillation than revelation.
September 8, 2011
More interesting for its cultural views than for its insights into love, sex, family angst, and rebellious youth.
September 8, 2011
"Circumstance'' is a rhapsodic erotic romance that takes place in a cultural prison, and it pulses with a defiance that would be mischievous if it weren't so rip-roaringly angry.
September 8, 2011
The film wages an internal battle between its ripely sensual atmosphere and its often stilted pacing and plotting.
September 8, 2011
Unfortunately, it strays into unlikely melodrama and distracting eroticism.
August 29, 2011
The film doesn't feel weighed down with the burden of representation: It's too free-flowing for that, too plot-heavy, too stylish, too romantic, too hot.
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