Infused with acerbic humor and a whole lot of heart, Desiree Akhavan’s work explodes through contemporary clichés of identity and sexuality. Her 2014 film debut, Appropriate Behavior, about a queer, Persian American Brooklynite grappling with a recent breakup, found her adeptly tackling the roles of writer, director, and star. Since that acclaimed breakthrough, Akhavan has moved back and forth between the big and small screens, finding success with her own Hulu comedy series The Bisexual and her Sundance-award-winning conversion-therapy drama, The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Late last year, she was juggling a couple of new projects, including her first book, but she found time to swing by our office for a visit to the closet, where her attention turned to movies with—as she put it—a lot of “dancing and fucking.” Perusing the shelves, she opened up about some cinematic milestones in her life, including a filmmaking class she took with Ira Sachs (a previous closet guest!) and the toxic love lessons she learned from the French New Wave. Watch the video above for a look at everything she picked up during her visit!