Desiree Akhavan talks ‘Appropriate Behavior’

Desiree Akhavan

Desiree Akhavan (Photo: Jeff Vespa)

BY MARCIE BIANCO
AfterEllen

In my experience, life is always slipping back and forth between comedic farce and tragic melodrama, so I appreciate it when films get the balance right and make it feel truthful.” This is Desiree Akhavan’s formula for making insightful, and wonderfully witty, drama, from the award winning web series “The Slope” to her most recent venture, her first full-length feature entitled “Appropriate Behavior.” Hailed by “Vanity Fair” as one of the top 10 anticipated films of Sundance 2014, “Appropriate Behavior” is the future of queer cinema. It engages with themes associated with queer narratives of “coming out” and social and political marginalization without hyperbolic exaggeration, or melodramatic tragedy afflicting one or more of the film’s characters.

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