A Queer Movie That Doesn't Lead With Its Queer Foot

April 20, 2015 7:11 PM

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Shirin's sitting on the subway, half-listening as her friend talks about a recent failed date. As they approach the next stop, Shirin sees her ex-girlfriend standing on the subway platform talking on the phone. They make eye contact. Shirin waves, a small smile creeping across her face.

"She's on the path to being okay," writer and director Desiree Akhavan says of the main character, Shirin, whom she plays in her debut film, Appropriate Behavior. "I really wanted to be true to the experience of love and life, which is that you move on in tiny little baby steps."

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