Friday Night Movie Recommendation: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Friday Night Movie Recommendation: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Friday! It’s the most wonderful time of the… week! Mostly because you guys get to watch a great movie and I feel like I’m contributing to your happiness. No selfless deeds, right? This week’s movie is incredible. I really enjoyed this and I’m really excited to get your thoughts on it. This, much like Let the Right One In, is a masterful take on the vampire tale. Can only foreign films do vampires right? I’m so tired of sparkling, love crossed vampires that I could throw up in tin foil and eat it (Monster House reference). These are not examples of what vampires are supposed to be! It’s a travesty. This movie gets it right.

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night introduces us to Arash (Arash Marandi) who’s struggling to get by while maintaining his morals in the fictional city that he lives in called Bad City. He’s a James Dean wannabe with his slicked hair, leather coat and prized ’57 Thunderbird. His father has succumbed to the sins of Bad City; a heroin addict with a huge gambling debt, Arash is trapped by his obligation to help him.  Feeling overwhelmed by his responsibilities to his father and the injustice that’s rampant in Bad City, Arash decided to go out and let loose at a costume party. He goes dressed as Dracula and that’s where he meets The Girl.

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Iranian-American writer and director Ana Lily Amirpour weaves a beautiful tale filled with incredibly stunning visual cues. Filmed in black and white, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night has a strong western/film noir feel; it almost feels like Humphrey Boggart will come out of the shadows at any moment, pulling on a cigarette and telling The Girl that the gig is up.

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The score is another entity on it’s own, weaving it’s way in and out of the scenes seamlessly, as much a part of Bad City as the characters. I love the contrast in music between the atmospheric background music played when The Girl is out on the prowl versus the Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson that she plays when she is home alone in her room.

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One last thought, I mentioned before how I find the acting in foreign films to be on another level (in general) than American films. It was the same here. The actors in this film are so talented. I particularly liked Mozhan Marnò, who plays Atti, a prostitute in Bad City. She was so tired and worn down from life but she still had a spark in her eyes, she hadn’t completely given up. It’s hard to play it both ways, but she gave a wonderful performance.

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Overall, if you’re a fan of vampires, and I’m talking real vampires here, not the ridiculous glittery kind that has invaded popular culture as of late, then this is a must watch. Dark and menacing yet somehow deeply endearing, this movie is definitely not one to miss.

Favourite Scene: When The Girl is talking to the young boy in the alleyway. So much tension! Perfectly shot. What’s your favourite scene?

Here’s a trailer if you’d like to get a feel for the style before you commit yourself to watching it:

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33 thoughts on “Friday Night Movie Recommendation: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

  1. Heard so many excellent things about this cultural melting pot of a film. I canNOT wait to get my hands on it. Great job here Mel., you’ve made me somehow even more excited.

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  2. Brilliant review!! I need to see this 🙂 looks pretty darn creepy in places and love the sound of the Lionel Richie / MJ music!! I’m sick of vampires sparking too – rip some guts out would ya?!

    P.S great Monster House reference, I love that film!

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      1. I’d NEVER look at you like that, I’d be looking at you in deep admiration!!!! That’s one of my favourite kids movies 🙂

        This isn’t on UK Netflix (surprise, surprise!) but I will hunt it down 🙂 thanks Mel, I think I’d like it too!

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  3. Good write up! 🙂

    This is next on my watch list although I must admit I am little trepidatious as this is right up my street film wise but with all the hype I’m fearful I may not like it. Only one way to find out I guess…

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  4. I’m very excited to see this one – it’s in my queue along with Upstream Color (and 40 other things). Great post!!

    #satanicbestiesforever
    #sataniclamps
    #crepesalways

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      1. “I come from the net” HAHAHA

        It’s funny – I graduated college in 1995 and in one of my exit interviews I asked one of the Deans if he knew what the internet was all about and he was all “Nope….”

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  5. I just watched this last night. I enjoyed it, and I think the scene you mentioned is really good. Very tense! I think my favourite was probably the one where Arash goes back to her place for the first time…that was another one where it could have gone two ways.

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