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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Horror . Romance . Drama . Fantasy

In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.

Actors: Sheila Vand , Arash Marandi , Marshall Manesh , Dominic Rains , Rome Shadanloo , Milad Eghbali , Reza Sixo Safai , Mozhan Marnò
Directors: Ana Lily Amirpour
Country: USA
Release: 2015-04-20
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  • Andrew O'Hehir

    A strange and gorgeous and haunting film that brings the indie aesthetic of the mid-1980s into a context that feels both timeless and highly contemporary. Full Review
  • 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.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Drew Taylor

    It's a new vampire classic, one to treasure endlessly.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a terrific film, if you give yourself to it. You should, because, with Amirpour's blending of influences and pop culture, she has created a true original.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    It is the way in which the writer-director uses the specter of vampires and vices to take an off-center cut at Iranian gender politics and U.S.-Eurocentric pop culture that sets the film apart.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • 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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Kiva Reardon

    A refreshing take on vampire lore.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Sheila O'Malley

    Along with Jarmusch, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is steeped in other influences: Spaghetti Westerns, 1950s juvenile delinquent movies, gearhead movies, teenage rom-coms, the Iranian new wave. Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    It’s wonderfully inventive filmmaking: Amirpour’s striking compositions borrow from the iconography of both the Western and the horror film — wide, evocative vistas are intercut with dark, tense city streets where shadowy figures follow one another.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. (What a terrific title!) This precocious, faux-primitive first feature, in Persian with English subtitles, and a sensationally eclectic score, was shot in wide-screen black-and-white, and frequently mimics the dreamlike rhythms of silent films.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • 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.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    In the end, this morphing of ideas and styles is more deadpan romantic than sociocritical, and sweeter for it.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Guy Lodge

    It etches a sweet, sad and solemnly fatalistic love story between feeding times.

    Variety Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    It’s a haunting story of love between two misfits who shouldn’t be together. In its doomed yet somehow hopeful spirit, it’s closer to the noir sensibility of “Let the Right One In” than the pop-horror of “Twilight.”

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Comparisons have been made to the films of Jim Jarmusch and early David Lynch, both warranted. Amirpour wears her influences like a badge of honor but she also has a nascent sensibility of her own, arguably more feminine and certainly more sensual.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Bruce Ingram

    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is gorgeous to behold and up to its jugular vein in quirky/spooky atmosphere.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • David Lewis

    It’s entertaining and provides the tired vampire genre with a welcome infusion of fresh blood.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

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

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Even as Ms. Amirpour draws heavily from various bodies of work with vampirelike hunger, she gives her influences new life by channeling them through other cultural forms, including her chador-cloaked vampire.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

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

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    Shot in inky black and white, Ana Lily Amirpour's fractured Farsi fright flick has a spooky, otherworldly quality. It's like an early Jim Jarmusch indie set in Little Tehran at 4 a.m.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

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

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • 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.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    As an artist who can craft an ebullient postmodern pastiche but maintains links to an idiosyncratic heritage, Amirpour has instantly become one of the most exciting, globally relevant filmmakers working today. Her film is a testament both to her own creativity and the infinite elasticity of the vampire mythos.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    It’s a spooky, moody doozy of a debut, lensed by Director of Photography Lyle Vincent in a radiant monochrome that somehow makes even the darkness sparkle.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Amirpour clearly studied their films and listened to some Sergio Leone spaghetti Western scores while she was at it. The music in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night pulses with a late-night Persian vibe, reverby and twanging, soulful, hypnotic.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Kim Newman

    By turns funny, vaguely creepy and too cool for school, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is certainly unusual — but also seductive and strange enough to stick in the memory like a fever dream.

    Empire Full Review
  • Simon Kinnear

    Equally cool and cruel, stuffed with subtext, this ‘Iranian fairytale’ weaves its spell to a flip, hip ending. Amirpour is one to watch.

    Total Film Full Review
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