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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... See more »

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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)
Renzo Masuko ...
Rocko
Declan Broggy ...
Ren
Alex Kagan ...
Archie
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Meenu
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Henry (as James Bristow)
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Sasha
Mariel Reyes ...
Morgan
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Joseph Henderson
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Margaret
Star Sawyer ...
Sophie
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Tibet
Alicia Crawford ...
Grace (as Alycia Crawford)
Gracie Beardsley ...
Blanche
Simona Freed ...
Girl 3
Samang Phokompe ...
Girl 4
Simone Mena ...
Girl 5
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Ted (as Chris Baker)
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Marie (as Robin Rikoon)
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George
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Kate, Lingerie Saleswoman
Cody DeFranco ...
John Francis
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Yasi (uncredited)
Harli Parker ...
Hipster (uncredited)

Directed by

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Desiree Akhavan

Written by

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Desiree Akhavan ... (screenplay)
 
Cecilia Frugiuele ... (story) (uncredited)
 
Desiree Akhavan ... (story) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Cecilia Frugiuele ... producer
Hugo Kaempfer ... executive producer
Lucas Kaempfer ... executive producer
Olivier Kaempfer ... executive producer
Jonathan Montepare ... line producer
Katie Mustard ... executive producer

Music by

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Josephine Wiggs

Cinematography by

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Chris Teague ... (as Christopher Teague)

Film Editing by

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Sara Shaw

Editorial Department

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Carey Hu ... first assistant editor
Jason R Moffat ... colorist

Casting By

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Allison Twardziak

Production Design by

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Miren Marañón

Set Decoration by

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Amy E. Bishop

Costume Design by

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Sarah Maiorino

Makeup Department

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Rachel Estabrooke ... assistant makeup artist
Jessica Padilla ... makeup department head
Tara Zielenski ... assistant makeup artist

Production Management

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Reuben Stauber ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Andre Avanessian ... second assistant director
Marcello Daciano ... assistant director
Laura Klein ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Bill C. Bishop ... property master

Sound Department

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Cody Ball ... foley engineer
Jon Bozeman ... sound mixer
Matthew Polis ... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
Zachary Weingart ... boom operator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Thomas W. Cameron III ... second assistant camera
Cedric Cheung-Lau ... gaffer
Kevin Donaldson ... grip
Lisa Itabashi ... swing
Megan Masur ... second assistant camera
Patrick O'Callaghan ... key grip
Rebecca Rajadnya ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Patrick James Ryan ... grip
Adam Uhl ... steadi cam operator

Casting Department

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Juliet Brett ... casting assistant
Hunter Lydon ... extras casting
Tonya McCornell ... extras casting
Christina Morales ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jenna Weinstein ... costume: intern

Location Management

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Kara Janeczko ... key location scout
Roweena Mackay ... location manager

Music Department

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The Bendaly Family ... performer: additional music< songs: "MA BENSA" "BITZAKARAK"
Effi Briest ... performer: additional music, song: "COUSINS"
Essex Chanel ... performer: additional music, song: "L.A. Law"
Radical Dads ... performer: additional music, songs: "HARVEST ARTIST" "SYMMETRICAL CEMENT CIRCLES"
Bjorn Rod Ehlers ... lyricist, song: "Summer Rain"
Electrelane ... performer: additional music, songs: "OH SOMBRA!" "TO THE EAST"
Rich Forrester ... music supervisor
Men ... performer: additional music, songs: "CLUB THING" "LET THEM OUT OR LET ME IN"
Jackie Mulhearn ... music consultant
Saskatchewan ... performer: additional music, song: "Possession"
Chandler Strang ... lyricist, song: "Possession"
Henry van Roden ... assistant music supervisor
Travis Lee Wiggins ... lyricist, song: "L.A. Law"

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Jana Heaton ... assistant to the director
Kris Karcher ... production assistant
Ciara Lacy ... product placement and clearances coordinator
Alexander Leiss ... production assistant: intern
Heather Quick ... script supervisor
Jessica Rionero ... production assistant
Reuben Stauber ... production accountant
Gabriel Wilson ... production coordinator

Thanks

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Ira Sachs ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Appropriate Behaviour (United Kingdom)
  • Соответствующее поведение (Russia)
  • Makul Davranis (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Lapátra téve New Yorkban (Hungary)
  • Odpowiednie zachowanie (Poland)
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Runtime
  • 86 min
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Did You Know?

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Movie Connections Features 200 (1975). See more »
Soundtracks APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR See more »
Quotes 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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