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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.
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This film is just occasionally a bit too cool for school - but mostly just cool enough, which is very cool.
Cool, supremely confident ...
Combing horror, film noir and westerns, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut feature, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, is a refreshing take on vampire lore.
Like no movie you've ever seen.
It's a haunting story of love between two misfits who shouldn't be together.
There's not much story to speak of, but the semi-Iranian hipster feminist vampire romance A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is gorgeous to behold and up to its jugular vein in quirky/spooky atmosphere.
... Every sumptuous, black and white shot is framed and lit with care, creating an alternate universe for the audience to lose themselves in.
Amirpour's debut is a truly arresting work of art.
Writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour makes A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night feel effortless and almost even inevitable. Not to mention as cool as anything has been since Pulp Fiction hit.
It's easy to engage with a movie whose makers know exactly what they want to show us and who are so sure-handed, even if the overall subject matter is familiar.
It's impressive to evoke two different feelings from your audience at all times...one of the most visually-impressive movies I've seen this year.
I'm going out on a limb and saying that never before has the use of black and white photography, a film's music, or the use of a cat- yes, cat- been put to better use than in A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night.
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.
Brilliant. I loved everything about it. So beautifully filmed.
The kind of failed artsy horror pulp Western in which even the stunning moments help make it feel all the more pretentious, silly and empty, and there is nothing more ridiculous than an Iranian feminist vampire wearing a chador - is that supposed to be ironic or just stupid?
Brilliantly shot in black and white, "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night" is an impressive film playing less on black-and-white morality than on the many shades of gray inhabiting that black-and-white world. The film has great cinematography and Sheila Vand delivers a haunting performance as the vampire. It is a cool, edgy and intelligent re-imagining of the vampire genre, reminding me in many ways of "Kiss of The Damned" (2013). It's well worth watching if you are willing to see a dramatic, character-driven vampire movie that plays down the traditional horror and gore.
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