Thursday, September 15, 2011

Circumstance (2011) (شرايط)

Director: Maryam Keshavarz. Cast: Sarah Kazemy, Nikohl Boosheri, Reza Sixo Safai. 107 min. Rated R. France/USA/Iran. Drama.

Hugely missed opportunity. The story of two Iranian lesbians in Tehran, which doesn't delve into their dilemmas as a result of living in a closely-knit society. Foreign movies making it to the international arena usually illustrate a local problem, with a universal message. Here, there's some sort of decoupling: local problems (religious hypocrisy) only locals could sympathize with, and a universal problem (gay rights) that could have happened in any country. What was the point of the story happening in Iran? Angry that I was lured into watching a movie with a controversial subject. And they got some details wrong.

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