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"Starless Dreams" is a heartbreaking and humanistic look at broken lives and lost hope.
The movie is striking for its glimpses of violent offenders from squalid homes lapsing into the silliness and vulnerability of childhood.
If "Starless Dreams" inspires conflicted feelings in viewers, it may be by design. It's hard not to want to flee, and it's hard to look away.
The world needs to see this spare, revelatory film and hear these girls' pained and sometimes proud confessions.
With the conceptual rigor and emotional directness associated with the best of Iranian cinema, Oskouei simply listens to the stories of those who have never been listened to before.
Mehrdad Oskouei's reputation as one of Iran's finest documentary filmmakers grows film by film.
The great Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, who made several documentaries and a larger body of work mixing fiction and non-fiction, passed away last year. After seeing "Starless Dreams," I think the torch has been passed.
There's a danger in coming in to this film in particular expecting a cultural portrait of the country, because with these examples, xenophobic ideas about the brutality of Muslim strangers could easily be reinforced instead of dissolved.
Starless Dreams is all the more important in that it gives voice to a sector of Iranian society which is so rarely heard from.
Starless Dreams isn't suspicious of each girl's guilt but of the resultant actions are often conceived in response to chronic physical abuse.
A collaborative act, with the young women deciding what story they want to tell about themselves, and how they want to use the film to communicate.
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