A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Time Out says
With Twilight in the rearview mirror, vampires are having a rebound year of suggestive gothiness, thanks to Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive and now this pulse-quickening debut by Ana Lily Amirpour. She’s an L.A.-based director who infuses her nighttime tale with weird Lynchian lulls, spaghetti-Western–sounding deep cuts and prickly gender politics.
The movie takes place in a kind of alternative Tehran, here called Bad City and peopled with weirdos you could see thriving in a slightly more liberated version of the real thing. Mainly, we follow the old-fashioned attraction between Arash (Arash Marandi), a hipster dealing with his dad’s debts, and the dark-lipped unnamed female of the title (Sheila Vand), lonely enough to keep her toothy instincts in check. The plot’s tired blood is jumped up considerably by style; all in all, it's an intoxicating blend of eerie horror and ’80s pop, made by an artist to keep an eye on.
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Cast and crew
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