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Circumstance is a dramatic Persian film that was ?written and directed by Maryam Keshavarz. The movie features Nikohl Boosheri, Reza Sixo Safai and Sarah Kazemy. The story takes place in Tehran, though was filmed mostly in Beirut. The film follows Atafeh (played by Nikohl Boosheri) as the teenage daughter of a very wealthy Iranian family. With her best friend, Shireen, an orphan (played by Sarah Kazemy) - she attends underground parties and experiments with drinking, drugs and sex.

The high schoolers are clearly and secretly in love - a very forbidden situation in their culture, given the status of women. Shireen lives with her grandmother and an uncle after the death of her intellectual parents.

The girls dream of planning an escape to Dubai, which they believe is filled with a utopian sensibility. Their desire is to experience a more modern-day lesbian world where they can be themselves. The film cuts to many fantasy scenes displaying where the girls would rather be.

The two seek clandestine and decadent experiences where they need not wear head scarves and are allowed to wear short sequined dresses revealing their bodies. Soon they become a target of Mehran (played by Reza Sixo Safai), who is Atafeh's older brother. He has become a devout Muslim, as well as a morality police informer, after many years of addiction. Now he has become enamored with Shireen, which is only exacerbated given his collapsed relationship with his sister.

During a seaside respite, Atafeh is with her family and Shireen as women in black jilbabs serve tea and food to three local men barely wearing swimming briefs. Scenes like this set the stark nature and reality of the status of women in the country.

In an effort to gain control, Mehran installs spy cameras in each room of their parents' home to observe the various social crimes of his sister. Oblivious to what is really happening, the parental family heads, Azar and Firouz regularly reminisce about their youth and the simpler times, wondering what will become of the family.

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| 2011 | 1 hr 47 min | 5.8/10 | 65/100
Cast
Nikohl Boosheri, Sarah Kazemy, Reza Sixo Safai, Soheil Parsa
Director
Maryam Keshavarz
Language
English
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Also directed by Maryam Keshavarz

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