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Directed By: Ana Lily Amirpour
Produced By: Justin Begnaud, Sina Sayyah, Elijah Wood
Written By: Ana Lily Amirpour
Starring: Sheilla Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh
Running Time: 101 Minutes
Here it is, the first ever black and white Iranian western vampire love story!
Before I address the yearning I have had for since birth for such a concept and how we were never able to advance as a species without it, it must be stated that this could very well be the coolest film of the year; nothing sucks about this one!
Set in ‘Bad City’, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night combines stylistic sleekness with genre-flipping approaches, all the while taking heavy influences from classic horror cinema and modern independent pieces alike.
The film is unlike anything you’re likely to see this year, and it’s a credit to writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour who has set off her feature-length directorial career on the right foot.
With an ever-present sense of unpredictability orchestrated by Sheila Vand’s impressive leading role as a titular vampire seductress/murderer/apparition, the film possesses an intelligent allegorical structure about numerous societal issues of today.
The cast is not sizeable, nor is the apparent budget, however the size of what is tackled underneath the relatively modest 101-minute narrative leaves you curious, but satisfied all the same.
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night has clearly sought influence from the horror classics of decades past. Homages to 1931’s Dracula and 1922’s Nosferatu can be found within the suspenseful, deep outdoor sequences that are enriched by the haunting black and white photography.
Accompanied by an infectious soundtrack, the limited dialogue harks back to silent cinema and allows the film to be one of gesture and movement, opposed to a dialogue-heavy picture.
Performances are fantastic across the board predominantly because of the unfamiliarity of the cast’s faces. Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnò and Dominic Rains join Vand to make up the limited main cast, providing a lonely, unnerving environment within ‘Bad City’.
In 2015, there won’t be a vampire thriller romance picture more impressive than A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night; I can personally guarantee it.
Slick, stylish and the perfect blend of classic and contemporary, Ana Lily Amirpour’s feature-length debut is one of the year’s most surprising smaller releases and is one worth your while.
It may be dark, brooding and ominous, but it’s still a better love story than Twilight…