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25 Ratings

Radio Dreams

Directed by Babak Jalali
United States, Iran, 2016


It’s a big day for the little radio station Pars Radio, broadcasting in Persian from San Francisco: Metallica is going to jam in the studio with Kabul Dreams, the first rock band from Afghanistan. But first, everyday life intervenes, in a dryly comical way…

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Radio Dreams Directed by Babak Jalali
Jalali treats this situation with a sense of ironic humour and melancholic lightness, but in doing so only intensifies the mood of disappointment and loneliness of an immigrant. The film’s bleakness finally rises to the surface in its last scene, when Mister Royani misses the famous visitors, in what could have been a moment to finally make him smile.
March 19, 2016
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Rarely leaving the claustrophobic offices of a San Francisco-based Persian specialty radio station, Iranian “Radio Dreams” is a witty, low-key exercise in deferred gratification, as the small staff wait with increasing anxiety for the day’s star turn: a scheduled appearance from Metallica.
February 10, 2016
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The Tiger films (at least the ones I saw) mostly disappointed: Babak Jalali’s Radio Dreams, a slightly mannered and forlorn deadpan comedy that tells of the day in a Persian-language radio studio in San Fransisco that heavy-metal band Metallica are meant to visit (this ultimately won the Tiger Award)
February 09, 2016
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