Film Reviews, Short Review

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

3/4

There are many things to like about A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. It is a film steeped in cinema itself, loaded with references and ideas willingly taken from other moments in film history. It is exquisitely shot in gorgeous black-and-white, with the soundtrack an integral part of the film. It is also a very international film. Though it is being billed as the ‘first Iranian vampire film’, it rather teases the question as to whether this is an Iranian film about America or an American film about Iran; it is filmed in and backed by American production companies, but set in Iran, dialogue in Farsi, with an Iranian cast, and thematically deals a lot with cultural cross-pollination, in a similar way to Jim Jarmusch’s work. However, at times it feels like a work made for critics to gush over with its intertextuality; it lacks the touch of guts and heart to truly see it rise above a post-modern, semi-detached mire. Nevertheless, this is an exquisitely atmospheric, stylish film all the same.

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One thought on “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

  1. Hi, this was an interesting review. Iranian filmmakers do quite some surprising movies western, regime/social critical, … and are internationally quite successful with this. The climax was the Oscars for “The Separtion” but they usually have lots of success in European and also Australian festivals.
    If you are interested check my posts related to Iranian cinema: http://theotheriran.com/tag/cinema/
    Hope you like the posts.

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