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A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

Fatal Femmes

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Ana Lily Amirpour’s ultra-cool debut film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night arrived in 2014 like a breath of fresh air and still feels like one of the most original films of the last decade. After all, how many other black and white arthouse Middle-Eastern feminist vampire films have you seen?

“…still feels like one of the most original films of the last decade”

Sheila Vand is a phenomenal presence as our heroine, the titular Girl, who wears a hijab and cruises through the streets of the fictional Bad City at night on a skateboard looking for blood. The shots of The Girl skating are pure cinematic magic; feeling almost like the kind of optical illusion found in early cinema or the work of Maya Deren.  While The Girl feels genuinely threatening (an early scene makes it clear just what kind of vampire we are dealing with), the film is also quite a sweet story of star-crossed lovers, as she embarks on a tentative romance with the charmingly naive James Dean lookalike Arash (German-Iranian actor Arash Marandi). 

With its playful cineliterate style, razor sharp images, inventive sound design and one of the best soundtracks of the last ten years, this unique blend of East meets West sensibilities is simply impossible to resist.