This scene and plenty of others, like the one where Akhavan cross-cuts between Shirin badmouthing her brother to their father in the guise of concern and her brother doing the exact same in front of their mother, show a lot of talent behind the camera. And Akhavan is winningly deadpan in front of it. Ultimately, “Appropriate Behavior” works almost in spite of itself; so efficiently does the film explain why Shirin and Maxine split up that eventually it lags behind its own premise. It also explains, with equal succinctness, why Akhavan is a triple threat to watch. Read more.