Director: Maryam Keshavarz
Stars: Nikohl Boosheri, Sarah Kazemy
An impassioned but underwhelming drama, Circumstance concerns a pair of Tehranian teenagers in love.
The twist — and the problem, given the nature of the theocratic state in which they live — is that they’re both girls.
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As a portrait of tentative, burgeoning attraction, the film has its moments, but a late turn into thriller territory strains narrative credibility and first-time filmmaker Maryam Keshavarz’s abilities to their breaking point.