Circumstance Synopsis
An Iranian teen begins a lesbian relationship while her brother becomes a radical Muslim.
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San Francisco Chronicle

This movie doesn't work unless the central relationship between Atafeh and Shireen works. It does, beautifully; whether together in a...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Here, love and attraction between two teenage girls put them on a collision course with Tehran society in general and one girl's troubled,...
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
There are superb performances by Iranian-Canadian Nikohl Boosheri as Atafeh, the more rebellious of the two women, and French-born Sarah...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By James Greenberg
Overall this is an impressive debut from a filmmaker with something to say and the talent to say it.
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Circumstance, the story of the budding romance between two high school girls, is unlike any adolescent love story you've ever seen: This...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A rhapsodic erotic romance that takes place in a cultural prison, and it pulses with a defiance that would be mischievous if it weren't so...
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Wall Street Journal

By John Anderson
This is a movie about longing, desire, desperation and the abandonment of principle - quite a collection of themes, all universal.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Circumstance is more interesting for its cultural views than for its insights into love, sex, family angst, and rebellious youth.
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By Mark Jenkins
Circumstance is best during its simpler, more naturalistic moments. In one, Mehran rebuffs a junkie who stumbles into the mosque, only to...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Keshavarz's vision is clear and heartfelt, and everyone has an urgency in their eyes.
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By godstevies
Just your basic mid-eastern girl on girl movie. Tastefully done & delicious....

Tale of Repressed emotions and Repressed Society

By VAmovie_goer
Circumstance is a film about two young women who must face consequences when their mutual attraction leads to love. The story takes place in Iran where the threat of repression is very real to those...

All over the place

By ThatGRL
This movie had a lot of potential.... But it was all over the place. There were too many messages, distractions and bits and pieces that didn't contribute to its theme. It was a waste of money. Don't...

Excellent movie!

By Lkchandler
You gotta see this one. If you are on the fence or are not too sure with the lesbian storyline please put your preconceived notions to the side. There are several storylines going on here. A real eye...

Excellent - A must see!!!!

By lailabd
Love this movie...

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Rated R | For Sexual content, language and some drug use