Radio Dreams (2017)


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Hamid (actor/musician Mohsen Namjoo) immigrates to the U.S. to pursue his writing career and the American Dream. Instead, he winds up working at a small Iranian radio station, seeking artistic satisfaction through the esoteric programming he puts together for his radio audience. Meanwhile, the owners of the station try to cash in on Hamid's only program that they see fit for commercial success--the bringing together of an on-air jam session with Kabul Dreams and their long-time idols, Metallica. The ensuing collision between artistic integrity and crass commercialism resonates with hilarity and a poignant message, as Hamid fights to maintain a balance between his ambitions and his moral compass.

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Jalali has constructed a true comic gem elevated by a deep sense of poignancy.

Jun 29, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The characters' anxious wait for the superstars to arrive provides Jalali with enough tension to sustain his succession of low-key, character-oriented gags.

Jun 29, 2017 | Full Review…

"Radio Dreams" is a quintessentially American story.

Jun 15, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Director and scriptwriter Babak Jalali cleverly uses the station's ramshackle, microbudget operations to highlight the humanity on both sides of the struggle between art and commerce (it's almost like a wrestling match...)

Jun 9, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The quirky setups, oddball interactions and erratic conflicts ... provide ample doses of amusement and provocation to keep things afloat.

Jun 8, 2017 | Full Review…

An example of both the compelling passion and polarizing fallibility that can arise when a director works primarily from the heart.

Jun 2, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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