Film Review: A Girl Who Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

Touted as the first Iranian Vampire Western, A Girl Who Walks Home at Night, seduces with an atmospheric cinematography and a fresh, albeit vague, perspective on vampire lore.

The Low Down:

Based in the fictional Iranian city, Bad City, the film follows a James Dean-esque gardener as he tries to make money and survive in his ghoulish surroundings.

Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
Run Time: 1:45 minutes
Black and White
Subtitles
Drug Use and Mild Gore
Trailer

The Scooby:

The considered cinematography and the electric Sheila Vand are the most impressive aspects to this genre blended tale. Though it packs a stylistic punch, the film wilts in its last third. Considering it’s tagline (‘the first Iranian Vampire Western’), the potential for some deeper meaning is rife, but the film stumbles its way into territory similar to Let the Right One In (2008) and seems content to stay there.

In truth, the film feels much like a vampire itself, it’s alluring and beautiful to watch. Unfortunately it’s devoid of any blistering fun, horror, humour, intensity, or any kind of tangible substance. Ana Lily Amirpour puts her name on the map as an accomplished visual director but not much else.

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