Akhavan is so charming and authentic that the cliche of another cynical woman dealing with heartbreak in New York City can be overlooked. This was just the right portions of funny and heartfelt. Overall, a very refreshing indie comedy from someone whose future I will be looking forward to.
A cute mumblecore flick. Not incredible, but definitely a funny & sweet queer flick, with Desiree Akhavan proving the relevance of her voice as a film-maker. It's really good to see women of colour directing and starring in underground comedies rather than the typical white guy with girl issues. Plus any visibility of queer couples in cinema is a plus. Definitely worth watching over a chai!
Deeply moving part for me is its editing. Shirin remember her past with Maxime during trying to do "Appropriate behavior". Not chronologically, the stage of ennui, first kiss, talks about coming out etc... People don't remember own past about love in the right order, but incoherently and unexpectedly. This movie duplicates that tendency & saddens me to remember my past frequently. However, hopeful last makes me happy
Several reviewers deemed this "Dunham-esque" & labeled it a "coming out story." Akhavana stands on her own, but if she must be compared to someone, it would have to be Greta Gerwig. Referring to this film as a "coming out story" reduces to the very genre it resists. Behavior is a heartbreak story, a hometown story, a moving-the-fuck-on story, a delayed coming of age story. Wish there were more films like this one.