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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (English Subtitled) 2015

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Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps and other sordid souls, is a place that reeks of death and hopelessness, where a lonely vampire is stalking the town's most unsavoury inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom... blood red.

Starring:
Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Mozhan Marnò
Runtime:
1 hour, 40 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Horror
Director Ana Lily Amirpour
Starring Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Mozhan Marnò, Dominic Rains
Supporting actors Milad Eghbali, Rome Shadanloo, Marshall Manesh
Studio STUDIOCANAL Ltd
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Format: Blu-ray
I'd been dying to see this strange, potent little film by Ana Lily Amirpour, one of the hottest young directors to break out of the herd in recent years. It's a delight, heavy on the symbolism (nodding donkey pumps suck oil out of the earth while the vampire sucks blood out of her victims) with a minimal cast and plot, yet it tells a great story.

Shot in black and white, with lots of close-ups and tense confrontations, this film gives more than a nod to Luis Buñuel's 1929 surrealist landmark, "Un Chien Andalou." It's gripping from start to finish, and the ending is a masterpiece.

It's a vampire-flick-cum-romance, but like much Iranian cinema -- and this qualifies as "Iranian cinema," since it's in Farsi, nominally set in Iran, and the most important contributors are all of Iranian descent -- there is a veiled subtext of political commentary -- a ditch inexplicably full of bodies, a city of perpetual night in which people live with existential angst and seek freedom through drugs, music or blood -- which adds depth to the stark morality of the tale.

A lot of very talented people contributed to this film. The credits list contains some familiar names. Direction from Ana Lily Amirpour is flawless, and the soundtrack is inspired (I'd love to buy the OST) including the cult hit "Yarom Bia" by long-time Iranian protest wailers, Kiosk. Wonderful acting from Sheila Vand and Arash Marandi (and the cat -- such a star!)

Highly recommended.
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Format: DVD
Thoroughly enjoyable, atmospheric and accomplished film. Very much in the 'world cinema' / arthouse style (even if it was filmed in California!)
Excellent performances from the quirky cast, and a brilliantly claustrophobic environment created by the cinematographer. Veers perfectly from genuinely sinister to comic absurdity without missing a beat.
The filming is a bit self-consciously arty in the opening 15mins, with some monster focus pulls and a deliberate 'action off screen' style, but then it settles down to tell a simple but bewitching story. The final scene is close to cinematic perfection (and I don't often say something like that); a stunning example of subtle physical acting revealing massive emotional turmoil. There's almost no dialogue, but the actors express appalled shock, rage, betrayal, release, comprehension, acceptance, understanding, reconciliation and redemption, beautifully portrayed without veering into melodramatic hizzyfits.
So while this isn't quite as good as Only Lovers Left Alive, it's excellent entertainment for adult vampire / arthouse fans.
Dialogue is in Iranian, subtitled in English. Several quite violent scenes (well, it is a vampire movie. What did you expect?)
Oh, and how could I not mention the cat? The cat. That cat deserves a movie all of its own. It's not just a cat used as a pivotal plot device, but an uncannily compelling actor.
8/10
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By carlosnightman VINE VOICE on 12 Aug. 2015
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I had heard the buzz about this film before its DVD release - an intelligent, seductive vampire film set in Iran. Naturally, with its setting the film earned some recognition in the wider film critic circuits outside of the horror circle and many people were praising it for its look, approach, directing, and originality. Horror critics and fans have been more divided, with those looking for traditional vampire related scares being underwhelmed by the hype, while others have rated it highly for not following the expected footpaths. Having looked forward to it, and now having seen it, I can say that it is a slow-burning drama which happens to feature a vampire in an unusual, foreign setting, one with several good performances, a good soundtrack, some gorgeous shots, and smooth direction. While it is not without its faults to my tastes, it does clearly take a more artful approach to the subject matter, it is nevertheless a success.

The film tells the story of a young, seemingly honest man who works himself to the bone to support his addict father. The man is dearly looking for love in a cold, bleak world, stealing a cat in the hope of feeling something. Lurking the same streets he lives on is an ageless female vampire, draped in traditional Iranian garb, who steals jewellery in return for cash, loves 80s music, and occasionally kills and feeds upon homeless people of those she sees as evil. Hers is an equally bland and loveless existence, and when the two meet they begin an unusual relationship based on fear, respect, and something akin to love. The two leads both excel in their roles, moving swiftly between vague, dreamlike, placid, and vicious when called to.
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Languid, eerie and dreamlike, this beautifully stylised black-and-white film is more a tale of lonely souls lost in a dying city than it is a story of vampirism. A young woman spends her days listening to music in a tiny bedsit, her nights wandering the streets of the all-but-abandoned Iranian town 'Bad City', searching for appropriate victims. Meanwhile, a young man is slowly reaching the end of his tether as he struggles to support his ageing, heroin-addicted father, and a prostitute dreams of escaping her drug-dealing pimp. There's a strong sense of these characters existing in some sort of ghost town, dusty, sparsely populated and apparently lawless - in this sense, it even has hints of a Western about it, yet there are shades of European art house cinema and early 20th century Expressionism too.

Don't watch this film if you're looking for scares; it may be about a vampire but it's absolutely not a horror film and the pace is slow and melancholic; the dialogue (in Persian, with English subtitles) is minimal but effective. Frankly, it wouldn't be out of place as an installation in art gallery. Every shot is visually perfect, and the soundtrack is excellent - there is not a moment of this film that isn't stunningly atmospheric, yet at the same time, its scale is somehow deeply personal. Ultimately, for all its mysteries and ambiguities, it's also strangely touching.
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