Contemporary Iran, the unseen world of youth culture, filled with underground parties, sex, drugs and defiance. Two vivacious young girls–Atafeh and Shireen–are discovering their burgeoning sexuality, struggling with their desires and the boundaries placed upon them by the world they were born into.
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Halfway through Circumstance I found myself thinking that the film was very blunt in its depiction of the difficulties of being gay in Iran. There wasn't the subtly of the Western world's more sensitive tales of homosexuality oppressed. At first it bothered me, but Iran is a blunt tool of fundamentalism fueled hatred. Bluntness is the norm, and this film portrays it beautifully.
Just like the recklessness and juvenility of the lead characters this film feels rushed, unfinished and immature. The characters are all interesting and have their own individuality and their own stories to tell but none are fully realised or even developed all that well. And that makes total sense given this is Keshavarz's first feature, but I look forward to seeing what she has to offer in the future
Interessante exercício para as audiências ocidentais e orientais. Para ambas não resulta, mostrando um falso Irão. Eu cá digo que, de um lado, é um desejo antropológico e colonialista que idealiza certos povos; e do outro, é um desejo de continuar a opressão social. Este Irão existe, e todos nós devíamos estar a par disso afim de acabar com uma ideia de superioridade ocidental e ajudar também a uma abertura do pais.
A story of Iranian life, and how a few young adults deal with external and internal turbulence (the climate of censure and control, their own sexuality), Circumstance is a worthy film that tries hard to move gracefully between light and dark moments. It's a shame that some aspects don't prove to be entirely satisfying, cinematically, but this is still a solid viewing experience.
Even though the content is one to discuss and elaborate, however as a film it is poorly executed! I understand the limitations of course, but it doesn't mean to not paying attention to the cinematic techniques and storytelling because you have got a good story.
I liked it a lot, but there are certainly issues with it. I felt like the subplot of the brother detracted from the girls' relationship and made it slightly confusing as to what the real issue was. Also felt super unsatisfied with the ending but apart from those things, I really enjoyed it. Beautiful and emotional and really nice soundtrack.