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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

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Iran, USA

2014

1h 41m

Director Ana Lily Amirpour

Starring Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnò

Genre Horror, Romance, Western

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A lonely vampire stalks the streets of Bad City, an Iranian ghost town, preying on its depraved inhabitants — when she’s not skateboarding or listening to music alone in her apartment. She meets compassionate human Arash, and so begins their unusual love story in this film promoted as "the first Iranian vampire Western."

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WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

Kelsey Thomas Profile picture for Kelsey Thomas

A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT is truly unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. I was pleasantly surprised by its deadpan humor, and the minimalistic dialogue suits the setting and the film’s “Western” vibe well. As critics say, its style really stands out, but it’s unfair — and inaccurate — to label the film “without substance” when there’s so much propelling it forward. If you’re an attentive viewer, you’ll be rewarded for your time.

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

60

New York Daily News by

While the plot is too light to sink your teeth into, the dreamlike, David Lynch-style imagery is engrossing.
90

The Hollywood Reporter by Boyd van Hoeij

Beguiling in its strangeness, yet also effortlessly evoking recognizable emotions such as loneliness and the feeling of being stuck in a dead-end town and life, this moody and gorgeous film is finally more about atmosphere and emotions than narrative -- and none the worse for it.
75

Slant Magazine by Ed Gonzalez

To dismiss it as simply an act of hipster appropriation is to cop out, because appropriation is the film's thematic meat.
100

IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Shot in gorgeously expressionistic black-and-white and fusing multiple genres into a thoroughly original whole, Amirpour has crafted a beguiling, cryptic and often surprisingly funny look at personal desire that creeps up on you with the nimble powers of its supernatural focus.
58

The A.V. Club by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

For much of the movie, nothing happens, and it’s not the rigorous, locked-in nothing of the long-take art film, but the slow-motion, music-montage nothing of the artsy American indie.
80

Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

The plot’s tired blood is jumped up considerably by style; all in all, it's an intoxicating blend of eerie horror and ’80s pop, made by an artist to keep an eye on.
70

The Dissolve by Tasha Robinson

The film sometimes seems to get lost in self-admiration and its own melancholy mood. Still, Amirpour maintains that mood exquisitely well.

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