Time Out says
This Tehran-set hipster vampire movie will delight fans of David Lynch and Jim Jarmusch
With ‘Twilight’ in the rear-view mirror, movie vampires are going goth. After Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’, along comes this pulse-quickening debut by Ana Lily Amirpour. She’s an LA-based director who infuses her night-time tale with elements of David Lynch, spaghetti westerns and gender politics.
The movie takes place in a kind of alternative Tehran, here called Bad City and peopled with weirdos. Mainly, we follow the old-fashioned attraction between Arash (Arash Marandi), a hipster dealing with his dad’s debts, and the dark-lipped unnamed woman of the title (Sheila Vand), who’s lonely enough to keep her toothy instincts in check. The plot’s tired blood is warmed up considerably by style; all in all, this is an intoxicating blend of eerie horror and ’80s pop, made by an filmmaker to keep an eye on.
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Iran’s first vampire movie may not be much of a sell, but this stylish debut by Ana Lily Amirpour is a knowing winner. The plot’s tired blood – hipster falls for dangerous, dark-eyed girl who is not what she seems – is warmed up considerably by the kinetic style that veers from eerie horror to ’80s pop promo with ease.
Unusual and stylish vampire flick. The focus is more on mood and mystery than scares and not to the film's detriment. Would make a good double bill with Let the Right One In. 9/10
Yes it's incredibly stylish, yes it's kinda scary, yes the soundtrack is pretty awesome and yes it's weirdly heartwarming, but I like my pictures to be just a little more..... talky. There's leaving something to the imagination and then there's giving yourself a headache trying to second guess what on earth is going through the characters heads, and this film left me reaching for the Nurofen I'm afraid.