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Appropriate Behaviour

APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR is the first feature by Desiree Akhavan, author of the web comedy series THE SLOPE. After the recent break-up with her girlfriend, the bisexual Shirin drifts through her Brooklyn life making things worse by antagonizing her ...

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„Appropriate behavior“ is a foreign concept for Shirin. The Iranian-American New Yorker is both quick-witted and totally unbalanced: a dangerous combination only reinforced by the break-up with her girlfriend Maxine. “We were an 'it couple,' when we’d go to parties, and there was dancing we’d start dancing and everyone would make a circle around us and watch us dance” she tells her best friend. Her friend, in turn, looks skeptical.

Prior to her debut, director, writer, and protagonist Desiree Akhavan created the award-winning comedy web series THE SLOPE starring the nightmarish lesbian hipster couple Ingrid and Desire and revolving around them hanging around Brooklyn as they spouted acerbic, snarky dialogue. APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR also has an episodic structure and indulges in puns and one-liners. While deep in her break-up blues, Desiree is forced to deal with her life’s perennial weak spots: the family that is not supposed to know about her bisexuality, encounters with her ex, an emotionally ambivalent and sexually diverse collection of dates, and a quasi-job that is supposed to motivate a group of hyperactive five year olds to take up filmmaking. All this is not only amusing but sincere and, at times, very moving. Akhavan has been compared to Lena Dunham and Woody Allen and been hailed as the next comedic breakthrough in the US and England. APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR also reminded me of Alison Bechdel’s comic “Dykes to Watch Out For.”

Toni Ohms

Translation: Elinor Lewy

Credits

Original title: Appropriate Behavior
Großbritannien 2014, 90 min
Genre: Comedy
Director: Desiree Akhavan
Author: Desiree Akhavan
DOP: Chris Teague
Montage: Sara Shaw
Music: Josephine Wiggs
Distributor: Pro-Fun Media
Cast: Robyn Rikoon, Halley Feiffer, Scott Adsit, Aimee Mullins, Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Anh Duong, Hooman Majd, Arian Moayed, Christopher James Baker, Gracie Beardsley
FSK: oA
Release: 14.05.2015

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