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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 filmmaking 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.


  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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