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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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Maryam Keshavarz
11 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

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

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

France | USA | Iran

Language:

Persian | English | French

Release Date:

8 February 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Circunstância See more »

Filming Locations:

Beirut, Lebanon

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,318, 28 August 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$441,404, 20 November 2011
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

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 »

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Party
Written by Zedbazi
Performed by Zedbazi
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Recently met Maryam Keshavarz
11 December 2012 | by drawnprophetSee all my reviews

I recently met Maryam Keshavarz after watching a screening of Circumstance. A lot of the reviews here complain that it is unrealistic and that she has no basis of Iranian culture and that the actors aren't from Iran, etc. But Keshavarz's family is from Iran and she spent a lot of time there as a child. She based Mehran's character off of her uncle who made a similar transition after war. As for the actors, all of them are Iranian. They might not have been living in Iran, but she said all of them are from Iran. And she could not advertise the roles in Iran.

Secondly, it doesn't look like Iran BECAUSE IT'S NOT. The director was forced to shoot the film in a different country under great suspicion. This film was shot on actual film, not digital, and all of it happened within the span of six weeks. Which is not that long. The cinematography is phenomenal.

And finally. This movie is illegal in Iran. And none of the actors or the director are allowed back to Iran. Ever. I think that says something.

I personally thought this movie was beautiful. The cinematography was good. The plot was enticing and wonderfully executed for the budget and restraints they faced.

I highly recommend this movie.


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