Ready to see some young rebellion involving sex, drugs and rock & roll all within the hidden world of...Iranian youth?  Then you’re ready to check out the envelope pushing new film "Circumstance," out on DVD Dec. 13 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment – review below.   




   Title: "Circumstance"

   Grade: 3

   Cast: Nikohl Booshen, Sarah Kazemy, Keon Mohajeri

   Director: Maryam Keshavarz

   Rating: R

   Runtime: 105 minutes

   Release Company: Lionsgate





The Flick: "Circumstance" is a film promise that suffers from multiple film personality disorder.  Is the picture a tale of two gals who find forbidden lesbian true love within a strict and unkind world?  Perhaps an unbridled examination of the temptations put on teens?  Or maybe even a thriller with a dark underlying tone?  The answer is all of the above and it’s too many cooks in the cinematic kitchen.  Each story line is interesting by itself, but having to share screen time, none really reach their full potential and the result is a film as confused as the audience itself.  Good performances, decent mood and engaging controversial material just doesn't overcome an overabundance of story.    

Best Feature: The 'Commentary Track' has way too many folks in the room thus confusion ensues (not unlike the movie!), so best to skip to 'Behind the Scenes' which at least has some cohesive insight.  (Plus anytime Atom Egoyan’s name is thrown out I listen!)

Best Hidden Gem: Lead gals Nikohl Booshen and Sarah Kazemy have some seriously sensual chemistry going on!

Worth the Moola: It’s a flick that does have elements of cool and therefore a notable outing, but straightforward thinking is not "Circumstance’s" strong suit.