A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

2014

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Critics Consensus

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night blends conventional elements into something brilliantly original -- and serves as a striking calling card for writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour.

96%

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Total Count: 128

75%

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User Ratings: 14,041
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The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. (C) Kino

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  • Dec 29, 2016
    visually and musically a cotton-candy fest. it reminds me atmospherically of spike lee's summer of sam minus the dialogue. despite it not being wholly solid or a classic it's a fervent reminder of why cinema should NEVER become what hollywood is.
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2016
    Artsy fartsy at its "best", nicely filmed and with some interesting choices of music, but with no plot to speak of and several scenes that just keep dragging on. Yawn.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2016
    Brilliant. I loved everything about it. So beautifully filmed.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 06, 2016
    When I see a film made after the 1960s made in black-and-white it makes me weary at first. Some films do it as a gimmick, others to make it seem more artsy then other indie films, and some use it with purpose. When I say purpose, I mean utilizing the benefits of shooting a film in black-and-white such as shadow effect, the use of lighting to highlight particular characters or objects, and to allow the viewer to focus on picture complexity like characters and dialogue without visual distraction. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night thankfully is the latter of these scenarios and a wonderful debut feature length film for it's director, Ana Lily Amirpour. The film is a blend of horror, western films, film noir, and romance all mashed into one creatively original piece of cinema. The film is primarily a vampire story but takes place in a small area simply called "Bad City" and is meant to take place somewhere in Iran as the whole film is in Farsi, although the film was actually shot in a desert city in southern California. It revolves around a small group of characters and their relationships. I won't spoil the film by telling details about each and every character, suffice it to say that they are well layered and complex. This film really excels in its character development and cinematography which is beautifully done and really aids the atmosphere and creates a unique style for the film. While the film really is a mash up of genres it feels much like a low key horror film with a focus on atmosphere and tone rather than gore and jump cuts. Most modern horror films employ the latter to get a very surface level rise out of the viewers, often losing the whole point in effective horror elements. We are usually left with a bloody and shallow horror piece devoid of any real sense of dread and that showcase the filming techniques employed and the environments used. This is a return of sorts to older horror films that put the forefront focus on the style and atmosphere as well as the creatures and characters within their environments and not simply throwing buckets of blood on screen with little else. If you like horror films or really anything unique and original that keeps you guessing, then this is a great piece of film that is a refreshing change of pace from most modern horror schlock out there.
    Chris B Super Reviewer

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