#6: A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

Image via IMDb

Image via IMDb

I’m a sucker for vampires in film and TV (pun intended). “Vampire Diaries,” Interview with the Vampire, “True Blood,” Only Lovers Left Alive, and OK, yes I did watch the entire Twilight Saga. This movie was in its own category entirely. Check out the trailer here:

Ana Lily Amirpour’s film A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night takes place in the seemingly abandoned Iranian town of Bad City where a young vampire stalks the nighttime streets, interacting with various characters – including handsome Arash.

I’m always a fan for modern-day black and white films. There’s something about declining the use of color that forces some cinematographic creativity in each and every frame: something this film does incredibly. Another wonderful trait of this movie is its use of music, playing out full songs in their entirety and letting scenes play out within the frame of the song.

This was something I had forgotten about foreign films: how much they take their time. It requires a certain amount of patience for someone like me, someone used to the glossy, quick cuts of Hollywood flicks. But instead of finding myself impatient and itching for something, anything to happen, I found myself enjoying the shots, relishing in the movement of images on camera, cherishing this art of filmmaking playing out before my eyes.

Watch this movie. It’s subtle, very cool, and incredibly satisfying.


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