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Appropriate Behaviour (2014)

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Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold onto can be a lonely experience.

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Shirin
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Maxine
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Crystal
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Brendan
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Nasrin
Hooman Majd ...
Mehrdad
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Ali
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Layli
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Ken
Maryann Urbano ...
Jackie (as Maryan Urbano)
Michael Lonergan ...
Jacques
Annalisa Graziano ...
Felicia
D'Monaye D'Jara Careathers ...
Caribbean Nanny
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Groucho
Kyle Ty Lewis ...
Kujo (as Kyle Lewis)
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For Shirin, being part of a perfect Persian family isn't easy. Acceptance eludes her from all sides: her family doesn't know she's bisexual, and her ex-girlfriend, Maxine, can't understand why she doesn't tell them. Even the six-year-old boys in her moviemaking class are too ADD to focus on her for more than a second. Following a family announcement of her brother's betrothal to a parentally approved Iranian prize catch, Shirin embarks on a private rebellion involving a series of pansexual escapades, while trying to decipher what went wrong with Maxine. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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Tibet: [Tibet is running an improbably sophisticated film-making class for 10-year-olds] Gracie, would you mind briefing our guest on today's project?
Grace: We are doing a shot for shot remake of a scene from "The Birds."
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Heartbroken woman makes a lot of bad/ funny decisions
2 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at Frameline 38 on June 27, 2014 at 7 pm in San Francisco at the amazing Castro Theater. Writer, director and lead actress Desiree Akhavan shows us the story of Shirin who is a wonderful, loving, flawed, fragile, F**ked up human being just like the rest of us. She will not get over her ex-girlfriend, she looks for love in all the wrong places (with hilarious results) and has very limited success when trying to come out to her family who have a selective hearing problem. The Q & A after the film was wonderful and Ms. Akhavan is clearly the Queer, Persian equivalent of Sandra Bullock - funny, talented, charming, intelligent, beautiful and very comfortable with her awkwardness. Absolutely delightful - go see this film.


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