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Circumstance (15)


A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's dangerous obsession.

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The critical consensus

It's languorously filmed and insightful on life in Tehran but let down by an erratic plot turn.

***(*)(*)David Parkinson, Empire Online, 20/08/2012

Keshavarz uses a trowel to feed us her ideas about living under a repressive regime when all you required was a teaspoon. But she has enough promise to keep you curious for her next offering – if she can just get a lighter grip on the ladle.

***(*)(*)Catherine Shoard, The Guardian, 23/08/2012

A lush, insightful drama.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 24/08/2012

Circumstance lays bare the religious, sexual and social tensions in contemporary Iranian society. The film also has enough lyricism and a sense of irony not to seem overly didactic.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 24/08/2012

Crude and predictable but nevertheless affecting.

Philip French, The Observer, 26/08/2012

Circumstance bravely depicts the political plight of independent young women in Iran, a timely and worthwhile subject somewhat let down by two-dimensional storytelling.

***(*)(*)Eddie Harrison, The List, 28/08/2012

Features about Circumstance (15)

Maryam Keshavarz: 'In Iran, anything illegal becomes politically subversive'

Homa Khaleeli, The Guardian, 23/08/2012

'Iran's women like to kick up the dirt a little'

David Gritten, The Telegraph, 24/08/2012

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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