Appropriate Behaviour Review

Premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the debut feature of Desiree Akhavan as a bisexual Persian woman struggling to deal with the breakup of her and her girlfriend is a wonderful little twist on rom-com’s and is a wonderful start to a promising Akhavan, who has the makings of the next big indie film-maker. 

The film follows Sharin, a young bisexual Persian girl who is having a hard time dealing with the break-up of her girlfriend. She’s homeless and doesn’t have a job, but is only focused on trying to get her girlfriend back. Upon the requests of her friend, she gets a job teaching 5 year-olds and moves in with some strange hipsters.

As the film progresses, you see her relationship with girlfriend begin and end, as well as the complexity of her relationship with her conservative parents. The film does a good job in delivering the awkward deadpan humor that most comes with most of the situations she’s dealing with.

One of the shining parts of the film is the when she’s with her parents. As a gay kid who was closeted for the majority of my life to my parents, the film was a distinct callback that almost all kids with conservative parents can recognize. While I’m not Persian, the film did a great job of presenting the culture in a way that few American audiences get to see.

The film is a fresh and funny addition to the mass of great indie films, and shows a promising future for Akhavan, hopefully she’ll use it to her advantage and entertain us again.

Cast: A
Script: A
Cinematography: B
Score: B
Overall: A-


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