This year at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Iranian-American filmmaker Desiree Akhavan will debut her first feature film, Appropriate Behavior. Set in Brooklyn, N.Y., the film follows Akhavan’s character, Shirin, as she attempts to get over her ex and simultaneously come out as bisexual to her very traditional Persian family.
“With family, romantic partners and even work, by simply being herself, she will always be inappropriate,” says Akhavan of film’s title. Shirin is a girl who is “not quite Persian enough, not quite gay enough, not quite anything enough.” And the film somehow manages to work with the coming-out narrative in a refreshingly honest (and hilarious) manner — without a hint of cliché or cheesiness.
2. Here’s what you need to know about the film:
4. The film will be competing in the NEXT category. “Pure, bold works distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling” are included in this program.
7. There will be sex scenes that are actually relatable — landing somewhere between painfully awkward and unbelievably perfect.
Akhavan says, “it’s rare to see depictions of sex in film that I relate to […] they’re either incredibly awkward and uncomfortable and beginner style or they’re too smooth and silky, in front of a fireplace […] It can be both.”
12. Check out a recently released clip of the film now:
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