A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

November 16, 2014

Sheila Vand in A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT.

Directed by: Ana Lily Amirpour

Written by: Ana Lily Amirpour

Cast: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnò, Dominic Rains, Milad Eghbali, Rome Shadanloo, Reza Sixo Safai

Rating: NR

Running Time: 99 minutes

Ana Lily Amirpour’s feature directorial debut is the best foreign-language vampire movie since Tomas Alfredson’s 2008 Swedish film, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN. Both are foreign films (A GIRL is Iranian) and have female vampires, but that is where the comparisons stop. A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT is stylized, musically 80s, and downright sexy in its black and white images. Even the film’s press notes reaffirms its cool indie vibe by refering to Arash Marandi’s character as the “The Persian James Dean”. But what is most impressive is Ms. Amirpour’s directorial decisions that reveal a seasoned director—not a first timer—that knows what she wants and knows how to get it on screen.

Grade: A-

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