Starless Dreams (Royahaye dame sobh) Reviews

February 11, 2021
Starless Dreams doesn't offer much hope, but it is a compelling portrait of girls whose dreams darken with their years.
May 4, 2020
A deeply enriching and unforgettable portrait of survival, and a undeniable plea for change and help.
October 30, 2019
...Oskouei's finest work yet.
March 1, 2019
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.
August 21, 2017
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.
June 30, 2017
"Starless Dreams" is a heartbreaking and humanistic look at broken lives and lost hope.
February 16, 2017
The movie is striking for its glimpses of violent offenders from squalid homes lapsing into the silliness and vulnerability of childhood.
January 19, 2017
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.
January 18, 2017
The world needs to see this spare, revelatory film and hear these girls' pained and sometimes proud confessions.
January 17, 2017
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.
January 17, 2017
Starless Dreams is all the more important in that it gives voice to a sector of Iranian society which is so rarely heard from.
January 17, 2017
January 17, 2017
Mehrdad Oskouei's reputation as one of Iran's finest documentary filmmakers grows film by film.
January 17, 2017
Starless Dreams isn't suspicious of each girl's guilt but of the resultant actions are often conceived in response to chronic physical abuse.
January 17, 2017
There's nothing especially new about jailhouse confessionals. What sets Starless Dreams apart are the particulars of who these crooks are.
December 11, 2016
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.
November 24, 2016
This brilliant documentary focuses on the lives of girls in a juvenile delinquency centre in Iran.
November 22, 2016
Sad but smiling, these girls will grip you with their tales of woe.
November 21, 2016
A grim but necessary watch.
August 9, 2016
Oskouei's gentle (disembodied) voice in sympathetic interviews become something like therapy sessions for these neglected children with few calls and fewer visitors.