This is a movie about longing, desire, desperation and the abandonment of principle — quite a collection of themes, all universal.—Wall Street Journal
“Circumstance” is a rhapsodic erotic romance that takes place in a cultural prison, and it pulses with a defiance that would be mischievous if it weren’t so rip-roaringly angry.—Boston Globe
Maryam Keshavarz has announced herself as a bold voice, albeit from exile, in the new Iranian cinema.—San Francisco Chronicle
Circumstance, winner of the 2011 Sundance Audience Award, is directed by Iranian – American writer and director Maryam Keshavarz. It follows a story of two spirited young women Atafeh (Nikohl Boosheri) and Shireen (Sarah Kazemy) in their struggle of breaking free from a repressive society that doesn’t approve of homosexuality.
[box_light]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 – Atafeh and Shireen – discovering their burgeoning sexuality, struggling with their desires and the boundaries placed upon them by the world they were born into. – poutfest.co.uk [/box_light]
Circumstance Official Trailer