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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.

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