A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Movies, Horror
4 out of 5 stars
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

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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Release details

Rated:
N/R
Release date:
Friday November 21 2014
Duration:
99 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Ana Lily Amirpour
Screenwriter:
Ana Lily Amirpour
Cast:
Sheila Vand
Arash Marandi
Marshall Manesh
Reza Sixo Safai

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