Directed by Desiree Akhavan
Official Selection, 2014 Sundance Film Festival
Best Screenwriting, 2014 OUTFEST
Shirin is an underachieving 20-something with a Master’s degree in journalism but no job. She’s also bisexual, unbeknownst to her otherwise supportive Iranian parents. Worse yet, she’s just broken up with her girlfriend Maxine and she’s left to navigate the unbearable New York dating scene.
Gracefully intercutting flashbacks of Maxine and Shirin’s relationship, APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR is wonderfully and unapologetically hipster Brooklyn, both making fun of and honoring a city where you can meet and interact with former hair models named Tibet or support Jon Francis’s Kickstarter campaign at the #OccupyChelsea rally.
Director-writer-actress Desiree Akhavan is the star Asian American cinema has been waiting for. APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR’s quippy dialogue combined with Akhavan’s perfected deadpan delivery keep the mood light while also managing to tackle the harsh realities of today’s dating experience, where the best ways to meet someone are OkCupid and experimental art shows. Most importantly, Akhavan is able to address and discuss sexual identity in a way that feels natural and fresh. –James Paguyo
Cast: Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Halley Feiffer, Arian Moayed