Appropriate Behaviour

Appropriate Behaviour

Desiree Akhavan (2014)

15 Certificate


Our Score
The female-fronted confessional comedy is given a Middle Eastern twist in writer/director Desiree Akhavan's sharply penned feature debut, in which she also stars. She's deliciously deadpan as a bisexual New Yorker who's unable to come out to her Iranian family. We meet her reeling from a break-up with her girlfriend (Rebecca Henderson) and hastily engineering a career change. This sensitively shot but enjoyably filthy film flashes back to the various stages of their relationship, from their antagonistic meet-cute, to their differing sexual and literary tastes, to our protagonist's refusal to make an honest parental introduction - all indicating that things were doomed from the off. Akhavan has a drier style than her peers and a more apparent soulfulness. She's entertainingly chaotic and her misadventures - although recalling both Obvious Child and TV's Girls - are honest and idiosyncratic enough for this to feel like a fresh take on wobbling your way through your twenties.


A closeted American bisexual finds hiding her love life from her Iranian parents increasingly difficult as she embarks on a series of romantic adventures while trying to figure out where her last relationship went wrong. Comedy drama, directed by and starring Desiree Akhavan, with Scott Adsit and Rebecca Henderson.

Cast & Crew

Shirin Desiree Akhavan
Maxine Rebecca Henderson
Ken Scott Adsit
Crystal Halley Feiffer
Nasrin Anh Duong
Mehrdad Hooman Majd
Ali Arian Moayed
Sasha Aimee Mullins
Director Desiree Akhavan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Peccadillo PicturesGuidance: Swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse, sexual references.Released on: 6 Mar 2015
Drama Comedy