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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.


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





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 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


In the beginning there is a dancer and a girl watching the dancer. The first time the watcher appears, she is smoking a cigarette and it's almost half smoked, the second time she appears the cigarette seems to be just started. See more »


Written by Zedbazi
Performed by Zedbazi
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User Reviews

Amazing Cinematic Achievement
14 July 2011 | by jkeagleSee all my reviews

I saw this film at Outfest 2011 and was blown away not only by the film's quality of visual and emotional impact, but also the amazing achievement that the artists have made by getting this story told in the first place. The international cast and crew have each taken big risks by telling this gripping story about two young women in love in Iran.

Our audience at the screening was struck by the POSITIVE and FUN images of Iranian youth- excited, energetic, comedic, brave. Very much in contrast with what the media tells us Tehran "looks like." The two female leads are incredibly stunning and give amazing performances. They say more with their eyes than paragraphs or monologues would need to convey. Their chemistry is palpable and the brief but urgent love scenes make any audience member root for their success.

The Director, Maryam Keshavarz, is talented, well-spoken, has a clear and distinct voice and is someone to watch.

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Release Date:

8 February 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Circumstance See more »

Filming Locations:

Beirut, Lebanon


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,318, 28 August 2011

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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