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Unsettling & Beautiful: “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”

I’m not one for reviewing movies, so lets call this a brief one-sided discussion in which you are welcome to join in the comment section below.

A few weeks ago I watched Lily Ana Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night because it was available on Netflix and I remembered reading such great things about it after its 2014 Sundance premiere.

The reason I wanted to write a bit about Amirpour’s film is because it felt so new and original to me that it demanded a post of its own.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night takes place in a close-to-empty Iranian town called Bad City. The film’s tone is new wave cool, with a spaghetti western vibe and a vampire-horror theme. Although her style of filmmaker is clearly influenced by many genres, I believe Amirpour’s film transcends all genre stereotypes. With A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, I felt like I was watching something important unfold before my eyes. It’s one of those films, like 8 1/2 or Mulholland Drive, that’s iconic the very moment it’s completed.

I want to hear from you! What did you think about A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night? And if you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to rent it at your local video store or check it out on Netflix.

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5 Comments

  1. The scene where The Girl brings Arash to her room, puts on her favorite record, with the disco ball lights fluttering around the room at a million miles an hour, and slowly turns to face Arash, and then slowly slowly SLOWLY decides not to bite him and instead gently rests her head on his chest—-that’s the best 2 minutes of filmmaking from 2014 PERIOD. END OF DISCUSSION. I got so many goosebumps in the theater.

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  2. I LOVED it. I was eagerly awaiting this film as a feminist and someone who visited Iran and did work related to US-Iran relations and thus became very interested in Iranian cinema and culture.

    I thought it was fascinating and was blown away by how beautiful every shot was. I’m very interested to see what Amirpour does next.

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    • Yes! My experience with Iranian films is very limited (I loved “A Separation”) but my best friend is Persian and I love Farsi so I was so excited to see this. I was also intrigued as a feminist/because of the subject matter. It shot SO BEAUTIFULLY and I’m extremely excited to see what Amirpour’s next film is like!

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  3. I was expecting a vampire movie and it really wasn’t that. It was something else. I need to rewatch it again, because I was expecting a lot of gore, and blood and I didn’t get that. I really love the originality of it and it has a great style, but I can’t form an opinion of it just yet.

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