Circumstance Reviews

  • Apr 02, 2017

    It was so oppressing to watch, but this kind of movie allows revolution and people to actually feel what happens to youth. And my god Shireen is such beauty.

    It was so oppressing to watch, but this kind of movie allows revolution and people to actually feel what happens to youth. And my god Shireen is such beauty.

  • Robert B Super Reviewer
    Sep 28, 2015

    Circumstance is a surprisingly complex and intriguing look at Iranian lives. Various tensions between sensuality and repression, family and the state, and too many more to mention play out over the course of a short story. While not a masterpiece, Circumstance is nicely drawn and worth a look, especially if you are unfamiliar with Persian culture.

    Circumstance is a surprisingly complex and intriguing look at Iranian lives. Various tensions between sensuality and repression, family and the state, and too many more to mention play out over the course of a short story. While not a masterpiece, Circumstance is nicely drawn and worth a look, especially if you are unfamiliar with Persian culture.

  • Jul 24, 2015

    Very good effort with a story based on a master treatise. Iranians live in an artificially prude world that actually protects them from the idiotic-ness of western world make efforts to go idiotic. Desire here seems superficial although love is everywhere. The story is very well balanced and i felt surprised to root for everybody in the film. May god be great. Maybe god is great. The outcome is not obvious or formulaic, but it does ring true.

    Very good effort with a story based on a master treatise. Iranians live in an artificially prude world that actually protects them from the idiotic-ness of western world make efforts to go idiotic. Desire here seems superficial although love is everywhere. The story is very well balanced and i felt surprised to root for everybody in the film. May god be great. Maybe god is great. The outcome is not obvious or formulaic, but it does ring true.

  • Jul 24, 2015

    Very good effort with a story based on a master treatise. Iranians live in an artificially prude world that actually protects them from the idiotic-ness of western world make efforts to go idiotic. Desire here seems superficial although love is everywhere. The story is very well balanced and i felt surprised to root for everybody in the film. May god be great. Maybe god is great. The outcome is not obvious or formulaic, but it does ring true.

    Very good effort with a story based on a master treatise. Iranians live in an artificially prude world that actually protects them from the idiotic-ness of western world make efforts to go idiotic. Desire here seems superficial although love is everywhere. The story is very well balanced and i felt surprised to root for everybody in the film. May god be great. Maybe god is great. The outcome is not obvious or formulaic, but it does ring true.

  • Mar 09, 2014

    ok romantic drama in a land where love n freedom are monitored

    ok romantic drama in a land where love n freedom are monitored

  • Jun 28, 2013

    first time i've seen an Iranian movie that achieved ultimate levels of hotness and creepiness. depressing? of course - it's a Persian film. but the rest was so unexpected in so many ways.

    first time i've seen an Iranian movie that achieved ultimate levels of hotness and creepiness. depressing? of course - it's a Persian film. but the rest was so unexpected in so many ways.

  • Jun 02, 2013

    Familiar, but not standing out.

    Familiar, but not standing out.

  • May 24, 2013

    Review: I cannot give this movie a very fair review. There is too much that slipped by me upon watching it. My stupid rose lay dying beside me as I was watching the movie at 1 am on Netflix. What's more is I was obviously restless given the time and the fact that the film froze for a solid 5 minutes during the last act damaged the film's viewing experience. On top of all of this, I find foreign films tough to completely absorb. I often miss minute, but important details, and end up having to paint a more general impression of the picture. Despite all of this I find great praise in the fact that the film was still able to move me. First of all, I find it very cool that a film such as this was able to be made; even though it never saw a wide release in North America, and even though it wasn't actually able to be shot in Iran where the film's setting takes place (Beirut, Lebanon for those who are curious). The fact that a film as eye-opening as this one, directed by a woman, about two female lovers, taking place in the conservative middle east was able to make it to my viewing channel is very impressive considering these are pretty major hurdles to climb. There are several things that make this a good film. The performances all around are strong, particularly by the two leads (Nikohl Boosheri and Sarah Kazemy). There are some cool dynamic camera angles thrown in there wrapped around a relatively basic, easy to digest structure, and of course there's the hot lesbian action! I really can't get through this review without mentioning that because come on, it's right there in the plot and middle-eastern women have a beauty that is beyond compare. That's not the sole reason I enjoyed the film though or even the main reason. Simply put, this film is appropriately ambitious and really works its strengths. The only faults I will give this film are that it has an abrupt ending, and a lack of escalating tension. I kept waiting for all of these individually great scenes to converge in order to serve some overall catharsis, but that did not seem to be the authentic angle Maryam Keshavarz was working for, and with those great scenes I never found myself bored with the film. (If you notice I'm being quite general with this review, it's because if it is not clear by now, I think you should see it.) As a straight white North American male watching this movie, it might not seem like there is much for me to relate to. However, I found the youthful rebellion showcased in the film definitely to be a relatable jumping off point for me, and I felt nonetheless engaged as well as horrified, as I watched some of the abuses and human rights violations undergone by not just the women in the film but homosexuals as well. This film is a real eye-opener towards Iranian culture, and the director's choice to tell a unique emotional story at its core primarily, and serve secondary as a basis for political commentary, makes the film more enjoyable overall. I like to think I know a great film when I see one, and I was glad to able to enjoy it, regardless of the circumstances.

    Review: I cannot give this movie a very fair review. There is too much that slipped by me upon watching it. My stupid rose lay dying beside me as I was watching the movie at 1 am on Netflix. What's more is I was obviously restless given the time and the fact that the film froze for a solid 5 minutes during the last act damaged the film's viewing experience. On top of all of this, I find foreign films tough to completely absorb. I often miss minute, but important details, and end up having to paint a more general impression of the picture. Despite all of this I find great praise in the fact that the film was still able to move me. First of all, I find it very cool that a film such as this was able to be made; even though it never saw a wide release in North America, and even though it wasn't actually able to be shot in Iran where the film's setting takes place (Beirut, Lebanon for those who are curious). The fact that a film as eye-opening as this one, directed by a woman, about two female lovers, taking place in the conservative middle east was able to make it to my viewing channel is very impressive considering these are pretty major hurdles to climb. There are several things that make this a good film. The performances all around are strong, particularly by the two leads (Nikohl Boosheri and Sarah Kazemy). There are some cool dynamic camera angles thrown in there wrapped around a relatively basic, easy to digest structure, and of course there's the hot lesbian action! I really can't get through this review without mentioning that because come on, it's right there in the plot and middle-eastern women have a beauty that is beyond compare. That's not the sole reason I enjoyed the film though or even the main reason. Simply put, this film is appropriately ambitious and really works its strengths. The only faults I will give this film are that it has an abrupt ending, and a lack of escalating tension. I kept waiting for all of these individually great scenes to converge in order to serve some overall catharsis, but that did not seem to be the authentic angle Maryam Keshavarz was working for, and with those great scenes I never found myself bored with the film. (If you notice I'm being quite general with this review, it's because if it is not clear by now, I think you should see it.) As a straight white North American male watching this movie, it might not seem like there is much for me to relate to. However, I found the youthful rebellion showcased in the film definitely to be a relatable jumping off point for me, and I felt nonetheless engaged as well as horrified, as I watched some of the abuses and human rights violations undergone by not just the women in the film but homosexuals as well. This film is a real eye-opener towards Iranian culture, and the director's choice to tell a unique emotional story at its core primarily, and serve secondary as a basis for political commentary, makes the film more enjoyable overall. I like to think I know a great film when I see one, and I was glad to able to enjoy it, regardless of the circumstances.

  • Apr 09, 2013

    Sensuous beauty trapped within immoral hideousness.

    Sensuous beauty trapped within immoral hideousness.

  • Feb 26, 2013

    Highly illustrative, purposeful, thought-provoking look at Iran's youth as well as its '79 revolution-supporting adults. Well shot. Tightly shot/edited.

    Highly illustrative, purposeful, thought-provoking look at Iran's youth as well as its '79 revolution-supporting adults. Well shot. Tightly shot/edited.