A sexually-frank romantic comedy written, directed and starring Desiree Akhavan. Shirin is struggling to be the ideal Persian daughter, a politically correct bisexual, and a hip young Brooklynite but is failing miserably...
Alternative Trailer: UK version
Deleted scene: The Waterfront
Documentary: Coming Out
Special cut: Scott Adsit improv
Documentary: Appropriate Lingerie
Documentary: Sleeping Behaviour
Short film: Tale of the Lost Fart
Documentary: Directing children
Short film: At Park
Documentary: Make-up photobomb
Documentary: Childish Behaviour
I chose to star in the film because it would have been disingenuous to have hired a better looking version of myself to do an impression.
Maker's Statement: Desiree Akhavan
It’s a film that is up for an adventure
Maker's Statement: Cecilia Frugiuele, Producer
Stills: Scene Shots
Documentary: Telling mom about Sundance
Production notes: Sketches
Stills: Social media
I hear about so many women who premiere fantastic films and then you never hear from them again. That can’t be me. I want to do this until ...
Article: Vanity Fair
It’s strange the way people react to bisexuality and I’m really fascinated by exploring that territory.
Appropriate Behavior is sharp and sassy enough to make Desiree Akhavan stand out as a strong new talent.
You might file Appropriate Behavior under 'Things You Didn't Know You Desperately Wanted'
Interview: The Muse
For more strong female characters to be depicted on film, there needs to be more female directors at the helm of these films.
Article: Stories & Trends
Desiree Akhavan named as one of "The 21 Biggest Indie Breakout Actors of 2014"
..sort of like “Annie Hall” if Woody Allen were a bisexual Persian girl.
Review: Film.com review
If there is one film to see this year, it's Desiree Akhavan's wry, adventurous debut...
Funny, unique and entirely inappropriate...a supremely satisfying and irreverent take on the New York rom-com
Audacious and funny and unique...
Akhavan is very much her own artist – with a polyglot urban voice that comes off like an unholy cross between Fran Lebowitz, Junot Diaz, Tina Fey and Hanif Kureishi
Appropriate Behavior is alive. The screenplay is packed with smart remarks, clever and unpredictable turns of phrase that knock you off balance...
New York Times
...sort of like “Annie Hall” if Woody Allen were a bisexual Persian girl. Appropriate Behavior is the kind of movie that helps restore “Sundance movie” to its proper definition
...this tart, sexually frank portrait of a disintegrating relationship - and its long, bitter aftermath - packs plenty of punch...
Laced with the kind of bitingly quotable epithets you’ll wish you’d thought of yourself
Akhavan’s blend of cultural insights and sweetly relatable, self-deprecating humor provide a charming showcase for a new filmmaker worthy of discovery
Akhavan pulls off a fresh coming-of-age in America, as she embraces modernity versus tradition
The freshest comedy of life and love in the city since Obvious Child
Appropriate Behavior is the sexy, soulful, snarky directorial debut of writer and star Desiree Akhavan... If this is her Tiny Furniture, expect more great things to come
Desiree Akhavan is a fresh new voice in filmmaking
Akhavan's picture feels vibrant, lived in, and incredibly rich. That’s an assured mark of vision if ever there was one
She’s an appealing actress, an assured director, and a sharp writer—a breakout triple threat
An authentically ironic, adorably wistful, smartly observed ride
A cult classic for young urbanites
For all the brazen charms of this warm, funny debut ... its quieter moments signal a profundity that's really worth getting excited about
Time Out New York
As funny as it is painfully true
Little White Lies
If this is a familiar kind of film with a familiar setting and a familiar resolution, that intense delicacy makes it clear that its creator is an unusual talent
A rude, funny anti-classic insistent on entertaining its audience
Sight & Sound LFF Roundup
Appropriate Behavior pulses with exciting bluntness, refreshing honesty, and poignant affection. Akhavan is a thrilling new voice for queer cinema
The Most Cake
A hilarious, searing self-portrait from a refreshingly honest new voice
So So Gay
An interesting, likeable, witty movie
A frank and very funny debut from an interesting new talent
Appropriate Behavior has some very sharp writing indeed
The Arts Desk
Sundance Film Festival
Winner: Emerging Female Filmmaker
Provincetown International Film Festival
BFI London Film Festival
Stockholm Film Festival
Melbourne Film Festival
Gijon International Film Festival
Maryland International Film Festival
Sydney International Film Festival
Nantucket International Film Festival
Nominated: Best First Screenplay
Independent Spirit Awards
Frameline 28 San Francisco Int'l LGBT Film Festival
Winner: Grand Jury Prize - Best Screenwriting
OUTFEST 30th Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival
Rooftop Film Summer Series
Winner: Special Jury Emerging Talent Writing & Directing
Long Beach Q Film Festiva
Winner: Best Film
Seattle LGBT Film Festival
Hawaii International Film Festival
Winner: Best Director
Noor Iranian Film Festival
Winner: Grand Jury Award
San Diego Asian Film Festival
Winner: Emerging Filmmaker
Tampa Int'l LGBT Film Festival
Anchorage Film Festival
|Genres||Drama, Feature, Comedy, Rom-com, LGBTQI|
|Cast||Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Scott Adsit, Halley Feiffer, Anh Duong, Arian Moayed|
|Writer & Director||Desiree Akhavan|
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