A film without social problems or pretenses, “White Dream” is a gentle, touching tale about a feeble-minded man who becomes infatuated with a lovely woman passing through the shop where he works. Actor-director Hamid Jebelli (“Son of Maryam”) holds the film together with his charmingly humorous portrait of Reza, the over-age errand boy for a wedding dress shop, who struggles to find love in a world that largely escapes him. Pic is well worth a look for programmers willing to go beyond the flashier Iranian offerings.
Flying around Tehran’s back streets on his bicycle with a wedding gown flapping behind him like a sail, Reza lives a decent life despite his slowness. What he misses is the companionship of a woman. He falls head-over-heels for a sophisticated, totally unsuitable customer, while overlooking the genuine affection offered to him by a poor girl who sews for the shop. The comic tone is well handled, with the mood imperceptibly turning darker toward the end. Apart from Jebelli’s admirable acting, much of pic’s appeal lies in its ability to take a mentally challenged person seriously, all the way to the tragic finale.