Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold onto can be a lonely experience.
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“Hailed by Vanity Fair as one of the top 10 anticipated films of Sundance 2014, Appropriate Behavior engages with themes associated with queer narratives of “coming out” and social and political marginalization without hyperbolic exaggeration, or melodramatic tragedy afflicting one or more of the film’s characters (“complimented’ unconditionally by nauseating soundtracks). Maybe this is a product of what Akhavan describes as her “crude, borderline-disgusting humor,” such that there’s no unnecessary lingering upon or stretching of provocative, or thought-provoking, moments. It is a truly fantastic film, one that I want to watch on repeat in order to memorize all of the one-line zingers and sardonic body expressions. Akhavan is like Lena Dunham, creating a very particular landscape of contemporary Brooklyn, if Dunham were an Iranian-American bisexual woman.” AfterEllen