Set in contemporary Iran in the unseen world of Iranian youth culture, filled with underground parties, sex, drugs and defiance, CIRCUMSTANCE is the story of two vivacious young girls -- wealthy Atafeh and orphaned Shireen -- discovering their burgeoning sexuality and, like 16 year-old girls anywhere, struggling with their desires and the boundaries placed upon them by the world they were born into.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
A powerful debut film and a remarkable tale of oppression and liberation, and one that leaps right to the top of the unfortunately brief list of LGBT-themed films set in the Islamic world.Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 08.28.2011
The film wages an internal battle between its ripely sensual atmosphere and its often stilted pacing and plotting.Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 09.07.2011
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.Logan Hill, New York Magazine, 08.28.2011
Maryam Keshavarz has announced herself as a bold voice, albeit from exile, in the new Iranian cinema.G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 09.08.2011