Cert: 15 Runtime: 101 mins Director: Ana Lily Amirpour Cast: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marno, Dominic Rains, Rome Shadanloo and Reza Sixo Safai
Till the end of your life, I’ll be watching you
The topic of vampires has been apart of my pop cultural life since I can remember. From watching Dracula, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Blade, Dark Shadows…you get my drift. When Twilight hit the screens it seemed vampires were becoming a bit of a joke. But as of late a few independent films have rectified the genre. Let The Right One In is by far the best of the 21st century, it’s on a very high pedestal for me. But What We Do in the Shadows, Only Lovers Left Alive, Thirst and now A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night! I have been disgusted with myself for not hearing about this until the last few weeks. What is it all about you ask? Residents of a worn-down Iranian city encounter a skateboarding vampire (Sheila Vand) who preys on men who disrespect women.A Girl Who Walks Home Alone at Night is one of the best films I have seen this year! We haven’t witnessed that many this year but Ana Lily Amirpour thank you. What makes this a great film is Sheila Vand, the use of her eyes and her gaze alone is just mesmeric and haunting. For me she reminds me of an older version of Eli form Let The Right One In. She looks sweet, innocent and naive but her dark side is just horrifying. The girl is one the better vampire characters in recent times. It’s also great to see a strong female presence on screen.
It’s a slow paced film, but there is never a dull moment. Every shot is significant and it’s well balanced. The horror element is a only the one aspect of it. It’s also a romantic drama between the girl and Arash they are very different people, but trapped they are both in the same vicious circle of isolation and hopelessness. The whole cast makes a wonderful work in their roles. The screenplay takes advantage of the classic tale along with giving it a fresh and trendy vibe. The soundtrack is just beautiful, every song really lives well within the film. It’s a great statement to show the liberal side of Iranian women through out. The beautiful black-and-white cinematography brings every scene to life, with precise frames which make even the most filthy alley or prosaic building look like a work of art. Personally I have no quarrels with Ana Lily’s work, I just hope there is no Americanization of this work of art. This is not a massive horror film by any means. But it’s a fantastic vampire film, this genre is gaining momentum yet again.A Girl Who Walk Home Alone at Night is at the helm with the other 21st Century greats.