Circumstance is an obviously passionate, well-photographed, well-acted statement about the plight of women in Muslim countries. The protagonists are two young women whom we don’t find out until very far into the movie are actually 16-year-old girls. But they hang out at their private school together, and they wear their uniform, but their fantasy, which is what opens the movie, is that one of them will sing, the other will manage her in Paris, and they will be smoking cigarettes and be free, which of course has nothing to do with what goes on in their country as it is now. They seemingly have — because they’re so young it’s not clear– a lesbian relationship, but 16 year old girls have been known to experiment, so it’s not clear whether they’re actually lesbians or not. At any rate, one of the girls is from a very wealthy family and the other has been taken in by the very wealthy family because her parents, who were professors, were killed, and so the girl who was the orphan is treated like a prostitute because of her parents, and the girls sort of try and sneak out and run amok, and get caught by the police. The older brother, who was apparently a drug addict, comes back into the family and has now become a fundamentalist, much to the family’s chagrin, and decides that he likes the pretty girl. These are beautiful women, and that certainly helps the plot along. So the brother decides to marry the woman to kind of save her, and yet the two women continue their relationship. So, it’s a very interesting movie with beautiful women, and an Iranian-American filmmaker. I thought it was a really good movie and a really interesting view of how women are treated in other societies. Three and a half stars.