Circumstance – 3/5 stars

Circumstance is the controversial debut by director Maryam Keshavarz, which won the Sundance Audience Award in 2011.  The film has already had an impact on Iran – it has been banned by the national authorities and Keshavarz cannot return to Iran for the forseeable future. Circumstance follows the close friendship Atafeh and Shireen (Nikohl Boosheri and Sarah Kazemy respectively) in contemporary Iran.  Laced with sexual … Continue reading Circumstance – 3/5 stars

A Separation – 4.5/5 stars

It’s a bit slow on my cine-radar, but finding out that A Separation was still showing, it was mainly curiosity that made me watch the recipient of 2012’s Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. A Separation follows Nadar and Simin, a middle-class couple who split and the struggle that follows when Nadar hires Raziah, a working class mother to take care of his elderly father. … Continue reading A Separation – 4.5/5 stars