Appropriate Behaviour is a comedy centred around one woman’s quest to come to terms with the recent break up with her girlfriend. Inspired by Brooklyn’s hipster playground, the film’s use of deadpan and unapologetically frank humour, has drawn comparisons to Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture and Girls.
Known for her cult web series, The Slope, and short film, Nose Job, Desiree Akhavan is both the writer and director behind this unique and raw comedy. Set to be one of the emerging stars of 2015, Akhavan is a film creative not-to-be-missed.
Shirin (played by Akhavan) is struggling to behave as an ideal Persian daughter; politically correct and bisexual, being part of her family isn’t easy. The hip, young Brooklynite finds acceptance eludes her 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. Shirin embarks on a private rebellion involving a series of escapades, while trying to decipher what went wrong with Maxine.
An intelligent and self-deprecating comedy, which explores humour in painfully true scenarios – Akhavan offers a fresh and unique take on the coming-out story. The film was officially selected at the 2014 Sundance and BFI London Film Festivals.
Appropriate Behaviour, released in UK cinemas on 6 March.
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1. Trailer for Appropriate Behaviour (2014). Peccadillo Pictures.