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Circumstance (2011)

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


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Atafeh Hakimi
Shireen Arshadi
Mehran Hakimi
Soheil Parsa ...
Firouz Hakimi
Nasrin Pakkho ...
Azar Hakimi
Amir Barghashi ...
Mohammed Mehdi
Fariborz Daftari ...
Shireen's Uncle
Joey (as Keon Mohajeri)
Amir Hossein Soleimani ...
Payam (as Amir Soleimani)
Siro Fazlian ...
Shireen's Grandmother
Elie Njeim ...
Club Drug Dealer
Joseph Fadel ...
Taxi Merci Driver
Milad Hadchiti ...
Ghina Daou ...
Party Girl


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

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Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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8 February 2012 (France)  »

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En secret  »

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$43,318 (USA) (26 August 2011)


$439,958 (USA) (11 November 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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Most of the modern cars in the film are extremely rare in Iran. Also, a great percentage of people of Iran drive more classic cars from the 70's and 80's commonly known as Pride and Peykan. See more »


Written by Zedbazi
Performed by Zedbazi
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How to lose an idea in 107 minutes
30 December 2011 | by (Blacksburg,VA) – See all my reviews

OK, first of all let me tell you that I'm a 28-year-old Iranian woman who has left the country just a few months ago so actually my whole life has been spent in that system.

When I saw the trailer and awards, I thought it might be a good movie so last night I watched it with positive expectations but as the time passed by, it all turned to deep disappointment. I felt my time was wasted and the director has grabbed a good idea (personal experience of friends as she says) and made worth of nothing out of it. I understand making a movie about one country in another land can be difficult, especially when you have to use a cast who were immigrants' children and can't speak their mother-tongue fluently; but it could have been tolerable if you had a screen play as good as the main idea and the characters were believable.

Not even one line of dialogue in this movie made sense. it was a very poor imitation of everyday slang in the society and they were totally irrelevant. The plot lacked harmony and it was unreal. The characters' reactions to circumstances were like a very bad joke, specially Mehran and his father; I don't know which planet they were from!! People like Mehran and his way of life don't invite their extremist superior to a family party were women are not covered. And his father in the beginning clearly opposes the religious system and then drinks tea with a man who is insulting his daughter( thanks to Mehran) and in the ends is saying prayers next to his troubled son.

Also most of the erotic scenes and language were unnecessary and could simply be avoided but in the end, it felt like that was the only reason this movie was made. Just to break the taboos, grab a good idea, add some nudity and language, write a few irrational lines which were just in farsi but had nothing to do with Iranian culture, shoot the film and win some awards because the western society does not know about Iranian people and their real way of life.

Iranians can't like this film because it is not like life in Iran and they easily find plot holes in every scene; the western viewers like this film because they think that's how life is in reality, they don't see the problems in the film and enjoy two hot lesbian girls making out with each other and almost every man in this movie!

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