A post I've been meaning to write up for a while is a little review of indie film Appropriate Behaviour. A raging success & a hit with the critics and viewers alike, AB is setting a trail blaze of goodness. Written, directed and starring Desiree Akhavan it sounds like an all singing and dancing one woman show but contains a really well cast ensemble of actors, with Desiree leading the way.
A highly relatable film, it deals with 20 something Shirin as the main protagonist who is going through a tumultuous period in her life. She has recently broken up with her girlfriend (who she is keen to get back), is having some career issues and is struggling to come out of the closet as bisexual to her family.
The film follows Shirin through the film bouncing back and fourth from present day to the past where you see how her and her girlfriend were pre break up. Which I found a really nice way to tell the story rather than beginning with the break-up and having the entire relationship condensed down into a re-cap for the audience to understand and piece together what happened & why. So kudos to you Desiree for expert story telling & flawless writting.
Filled with clever humour and heart felt moments of honesty it sheds a bold spotlight on an area of the LGBTQ community that rarely takes centre stage on the silver screen. Being Bisexual. These days having a sassy gay friend or witty lesbian character written into a film is becoming very common but AB highlights a whole new facet to the relationship world and shows what its all about to be a bisexual, persian, woman present day living in Brooklyn, NYC. AB shows it is just as hard to say "I like guys and girls" as well as "Im 100% Gay". People genially have the assumption that being bisexual is easier and not as a "big thing", but for some people in some situations it can be just as hard to come right out and say you are a lover of all genders rather than just one. So I feel that in a highly effective manner Desiree has shawn some light on the bisexual community, which I personally feel is long over due.
As a comparison I like to think of AB as a bisexual, more complex film version of the HBO series Girls, yet it is different in many ways. They simply both have female leads who tell a story that is true, honest & direct all set in New York. Which I love. Desiree actually happens to have starred recently in Girls 4th season as classmate of main character Hannah. An excellent duo on & off screen I must say.
Overall AB is one of my favourite films of 2015 so far and has highlighted many new faces in the film industry that I will be keeping a close eye on. Desiree has created a beautiful debut and powerful "hello" welcoming her into the film world, and people seem to be taking notice. 100% not the last we will be seeing of her. I give AB a 9/10 and a must see for all indie film lovers. If you like Girls, Lena Dunham and Woody Allen films like Annie Hall or Manhattan then Appropriate Behaviour is for you. Desieer truly tells a unique story I don't think anyone has quite told before.... A first for all.
Hope you enjoy.