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Shirin is a sexually ambiguous Brooklynite who has recently split from her committed lesbian girlfriend Maxine. She has kept the relationship a secret from her doting Iranian parents and, with sibling rivalry simmering when her over-achieving doctor brother announces his engagement, Shirin’s Persian heritage and familial duty weighs heavily as she attempts to negotiate her hip, polysexual, politically correct environment while dealing with her broken heart.
There has been an acknowledged nod to Annie Hall and a number of comparisons to Lena Dunham’s work in appreciations of Appropriate Behaviour, yet it stands apart as a fresh, frank, sharply observed and effortlessly funny identity comedy that marks the welcome arrival of its writer, director and lead actor Desiree Akhavan as an exciting new voice in American independent cinema. Akhavan is an enigmatic presence at the heart of the film, playing an emotionally anchorless 20-something with honest, relatable authenticity. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)
FEAST YOUR EYESThe screening of Appropriate Behaviour on March 11th at 18.30 is a Feast Your Eyes event. Tickets €20. Free list suspended.
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