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Appropriate Behavior (2014)  
AKA: Apprpriate Behavior - Einfach ungezogen
Topic: bisexual, lesbian

Comedy (UK)
Run time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Premiere: January 18, 2014 (Sundance FF, USA)

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Desiree Akhavan (Shirin) ♀♀♂
Rebecca Henderson (Maxine)
Halley Feiffer (Crystal)
Scott Adsit (Ken)
Anh Duong (Nasrin)
Hooman Majd (Mehrdad)
Arian Moayed (Ali)
Aimee Mullins (Sasha)
Christopher James Baker (Ted)
Robyn Rikoon (Marie)
Gracie Beardsley (Blanche)

Director: Desiree Akhavan
Writers: Desiree Akhavan, Cecilia Frugiuele


For Shirin, being part of a perfect Persian family isn’t easy. Acceptance eludes her from all sides: her family doesn’t know she’s bisexual, and her ex-girlfriend, Maxine, can’t understand why she doesn’t tell them. Even the six-year-old boys in her moviemaking class are too ADD to focus on her for more than a second. Following a family announcement of her brother’s betrothal to a parentally approved Iranian prize catch, Shirin embarks on a private rebellion involving a series of pansexual escapades, while trying to decipher what went wrong with Maxine.

Appropriate Behavior -- POSTER
I was very interested in having a character who was unapologetically bisexual, and who didn’t have a lot of explanation around it, who just was and was living her life.

It’s one of those conversations that is ongoing in my life: I keep having to define for people what bisexuality is, and keep having to come out. It’s also the real outsider in the LGBT community – I mean, I know everyone feels like the outsider in the LGBT community, and we’re all marginalized in one way or another, but it’s really complicated to be in that messy grey area. All the icons we have in the gay community, all the most visible gays, are a certain kind of gay that the mass public can wrap their brains around, so to add someone to that conversation who is unapologetically romantically and sexually attached to both men and women, is a conversation I think we should be having.

I think there’s a lot of discomfort in saying it. I know a lot of bisexual people who are uncomfortable identifying in that way, who don’t want to be that way, because even the word is uncomfortable. Even saying it now makes me uncomfortable: I don’t like the word bisexual, but I say it as a political act, because it is technically what I am, but the connotations of it are gross.

[Desiree Akhavan, sosogay.co.uk]



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