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Appropriate Behaviour (2014)

Appropriate Behavior (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 16 January 2015 (USA)
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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.


Desiree Akhavan


Desiree Akhavan (screenplay)
2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Desiree Akhavan ... Shirin
Rebecca Henderson ... Maxine
Halley Feiffer ... Crystal
Ryan Fitzsimmons ... Brendan
Anh Duong ... Nasrin
Hooman Majd Hooman Majd ... Mehrdad
Arian Moayed ... Ali
Justine Cotsonas ... Layli
Scott Adsit ... Ken
Maryann Urbano Maryann Urbano ... Jackie (as Maryan Urbano)
Michael Lonergan Michael Lonergan ... Jacques
Annalisa Graziano Annalisa Graziano ... Felicia
D'Monaye D'Jara Careathers D'Monaye D'Jara Careathers ... Caribbean Nanny
Jake Katzman ... Groucho
Kyle Ty Lewis Kyle Ty Lewis ... Kujo (as Kyle Lewis)


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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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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English | Persian

Release Date:

16 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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Parkville Pictures See more »
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Did You Know?


Desiree Akhavan's directorial film debut. See more »


Shirin: I'm just going to lie here and try to forget what it felt like to be loved.
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Features 200 (1975) See more »


Performed by Neli
Written by Biddu
Published by Reservoir 416, Courtesy of Biddu
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Heartbroken woman makes a lot of bad/ funny decisions
2 July 2014 | by crystalmh3698See 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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