A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
Directed and written by Ana Lily Amirpour
Starring Shelia Vand, Arash Marandi and Marshall Manesh .
This is the debut feature film of this writer and director.
In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.
IMBd rating: 7.1
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 95%
Genevieve’s rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
👍 PROS: Wow!! That was the best round of Netflix Roulette I have ever played! This film lists itself as an “Iranian Vampire Western” and no three words could describe this style better. My mind is reeling on which aspect of the film to highlight first, because all of it was stunning. From the opening scene to the end credits, there is a feeling of intense seduction and mystery. Even when no words are being said, the static electricity reads through each and every scene. There was never a dull moment. The Girl is a nameless vampire, stalking the wastelands of this desolate town in a flowing black chador that flows around her like liquid darkness. The camera styles bring you into the story in such a way that I almost feel like I am watching a Jarmusch film. The cinematography and feeling of a deeper, more beautiful meaning is felt throughout much like Jarmusch’s Dead Man. There is so much that can be read into this film, but Amirpour doesn’t muddy the telling with spelling everything out for you. It is up to the viewer to take away whatever meaning they are given. The performances were wonderful. Even without words, they conveyed so very much between one another. And the script is very well woven. Not a gap, not a hole, just beautiful speculation. I cannot say enough good about this film.
👎 CONS: If I have to give one, it would be that the film is in Persian and thus requires subtitles. But if you love foreign film as I do, you know that’s not really an issue, especially for a film as good as this.
In conclusion, what are you doing still reading? Go watch this. Now. Netflix is streaming it, so it is there, ready and waiting to delight you with is poignant and unforgettable story.