Sometimes Indie films cannot be found as easily as their big-screen counterparts. Shirin in Love is one of those titles, but it has its moments which make it fun.
Shirin in Love (2014) Film Review
Life is comfortable for Shirin (Nazanin Boniadi). She’s not doing everything she wants, but she is following the direction of her parents, especially that of her domineering mother, who also happens to be her boss. Working as a book reviewer for her mother’s publication, Shirin’s latest assignment is to interview a recluse author. After losing her engagement ring, Shirin heads off to the remote place where Rachel (Amy Madigan) lives.
Once there, she discovers Rachel isn’t who she thought, but she also meets Rachel’s son, William (Riley Smith). While she recovers from a cold and makes the time to interview Rachel, Shirin begins to question her choice to be satisfied with where her life is at.
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I started to watch this film quite a while ago, and never returned to finish it until more recently. Or more accurately, I just started it over again. The film is one of those “ridiculous funny” kinds of titles, but there’s also some really pretty moments that add in some romanticism and pensive thought.
While cute, this script doesn’t totally “work.” There seems to be gaps or silly elements that don’t fit well. That said, if you watch this as an Indie rom com and nothing more, you may enjoy this. The cast is pretty good and they play likable characters (mostly). You’ll recognize Riley Smith from shows like Frequency and more recently CW’s Nancy Drew. Shirin is a likable leading lady whose brushes with the law add some comedy. Then there are the more romantic scenes that feature stunning scenery and landscapes.
To be honest, this film, for a comedy, can move a little bit slow. That said, there’s still enough interesting here to keep us invested. It’s nice to see Shirin make some decisions, although the film doesn’t tie up William’s future as well. The end is quite cute, and so, as a result, we forgive pretty much anything.
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You can find Shirin in Love digitally on Amazon, at publication with Prime.
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Content: It’s implied that two people sleep together (we see her wake up the next morning under a blanket). For comedy, a funny gag has a man take a girl, who is drunk, back to his hotel room, undress her (under covers) and leave her to sleep it off. There’s a death; and if you don’t like the cheating trope, steer clear of this one. The film is TV-14.
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