Circumstance Review

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Drifting into a taboo relationship, teenager girls Atafeh (Nikohl Boosheri and Shireen (Sarah Kazemy) discover exactly how intolerant modern-day Iran can be. Atafeh's fundamentalist brother Mehran (Reza Sixo Safai) is an added threat to their happiness.


Rooted in fact, but bent on busting taboos rather than practising dramatic restraint, this lesbian love story also credibly explores Iran’s underground youth scene. But a subplot involving a fundamentalist spying on his liberal family becomes increasingly unhinged.

It's languorously filmed and insightful on life in Tehran but let down by an erratic plot turn.