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12 Must-See Sundance Successes

'Appropriate Behavior'


Appropriate Behavior
Chris Teague
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Twentysomething writer-director-star Desiree Akhavan's shambolic shuffle through the wilds of bisexual Brooklyn earned her scores of comparisons to Girls creator Lena Dunham. It makes sense: Like Dunham, she has a kind of self-possessed swagger, a knowing command of her craft and a taste for WTF exhibitionism. But the Iranian, bisexual Akhavan is very much her own artist – with a polyglot urban voice that comes off like an unholy cross between Fran Lebowitz, Junot Diaz, Tina Fey and Hanif Kureishi. Hands down, Akhavan's Behavior was the festival's most ready-for-prime-time debut. —L.H.


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