Run Time: 86 Minutes
After breaking up with her girlfriend, Shirin, a young Persian-American, ends up living in Bushwick, navigating disastrous rebound dates and teaching film school to 6-year olds. A sharp comedy about personal identity.
Shirin (Desiree Akhavan) would like to think of herself as an unrepentant bisexual with bold creative ambitions. Except — she won’t share anything about her love life with her traditional Persian-American family. This reticence ended up dissolving Shirin’s relationship with her first love and long-time girlfriend, Maxine (Rebecca Henderson). While together, they were the ‘It Couple’ of Park Slope. Now, Shirin’s slid from the heights of a Park Slope Life to a cramped flat in Bushwick and a dead-end job teaching film school to 6-year olds. After her brother announces his engagement to a parentally-approved Iranian girl, Shirin embarks on a passive-aggressive course of retaliatory pan-sexual conquests!
This debut feature is a tart-tongued, borough-set twist on Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall,” shuttling back-and-forth between Shirin’s memories of her life with Maxine and her hilariously raw and misguided rebound attempts. Rolling Stone deemed the film’s writer-director-star an “unholy cross between Fran Lebowitz, Junot Diaz, Tina Fey and Hanif Kureishi.” But Akhavan is her own talent. This film presents very personal and heartfelt moments facing a woman whose ethnic identity and sexuality straddle the borderlines. Shirin’s attempts to evolve beyond her broken heart make for a drolly unique romantic comedy. This is a great opportunity to catch the start of Desiree Akhavan’s sure-to-be brilliant career.