Between Obvious Child, Belle, and Beyond the Lights, 2014 saw the arrival of the explicitly feminist romance. (Unsurprisingly, all of these films were written and directed by women.)
Writer-director-star Desiree Akhavan will continue the trend with her debut feature Appropriate Behavior, which chronicles the Brooklyn-set travails of Shirin (Akhavan), an Iranian-American bisexual who’s trying to get over the love of her life. Structured like Annie Hall, Appropriate Behavior has all the hallmarks of the next great New York love story (its authentic sense of place is astounding), while also exploring larger issues of sexual and ethnic identity. But make no mistake; Appropriate Behavior is a film for everyone. Oh, and it’s rolling-in-the-aisles hysterical.
Appropriate Behavior opens in theaters and on VOD January 16.