Former student of Ira Sachs and previously known for her cult web series, The Slope, and short film, Nose Job, Desiree Akhavan is set to be one of the emerging stars of 2015. Playing a character in the fourth season of Girls, and cited as the “new Lena Dunham,” Desiree Akhavan now brings to the screen her debut feature film Appropriate Behaviour.
The comedy, which Akhavan has written, directed and stars in, centres around one woman’s quest to come to terms with a recent break up with her girlfriend. Inspired by Desiree’s life experiences, the film is set in Brooklyn’s hipster playground, and with its use of deadpan and unapologetically frank humour, may draw comparisons to Lena Dunham’s celebrated film, Tiny Furniture.
The audience follows Shirin (Desiree Akhavan), a hip, young Brooklynite who is struggling to behave as an ideal Persian daughter – politically correct and bisexual, being part of her family isn’t easy. Acceptance eludes Shirin from all sides: her family doesn’t know her sexuality, and her ex, Maxine (Rebecca Henderson), can’t understand why she doesn’t tell them. Even the six-year-old boys in her movie-making class are too ADD to focus on her for more than a second.
Following a family announcement of her brother’s betrothal to a parentally approved, respectable Iranian woman, Shirin embarks on a series of escapades as an attempt to rebel, while trying to decipher what went wrong with her ex. Appropriate Behaviour is a painfully truthful, intelligent, raw and self-deprecating comedy, and a whole new take on the coming-of-age story or a totally unconventional American Rom Com.
Desiree Akhavan: Appropriate Behaviour, released in UK Cinemas 6 March. Find out more at www.facebook.com/appropriatefilm .