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Cool flick. To me it was about sensations and atmosphere rather than plot. It takes its time to set the mood and make you a part of the shady Bad City.
I expected more, though…
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is an amazing black and white indie, shot in Farsi, nominally about an Iranian vampire girl preying on people in "Bad City", a dilapidated industrial wasteland. But she's perhaps the least malicious vampire in this world. The film is about vampirism, of all kinds, set in a landscape being sucked dry of oil, a treasure that in no way trickles back down to its inhabitants. There's the pimp/dealer who preys on his clientele and his underlings, the junky father who's draining his son of money, the powerful effect of isolation and loneliness on the human psyche, etc. And somehow, a sweet and chaste romance blooms between the "Girl" and the story's male protagonist, who is at the center of the film's moral dilemmas, and who must make a decision in one of my favorite climaxes of any film I've seen in a while, elliptical and understated (and well supported by the film's pretty great cat actor). This is definitely a slow-paced, and at times artsy film, but not a boring one. Its inventiveness belies the fact this is director Ana Lily Amirpour's first feature, and goes well beyond its Buffyesque idea of an apparent victim actually being the badass or monster, though that subversive feminist idea (i.e. that the film actually ISN'T about the anxiety of walking home alone at night after all) is definitely in there, and explored interestingly (throw in the wearing of the chador, etc. for even more depth and texture).
Really beautiful indie. The cinematography, soundtrack and black and white beauty of every single frame alone is enough to watch it. The acting is also terrific. The slow paces creeps on you like melancholy. Amazing.
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