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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

2014
Romance
Suspense/Thriller
1h 41m
In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire. (imdb)
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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

2014
Romance
Suspense/Thriller
1h 41m
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Rated 30 Dec 2019
66
46th
There was juuust enough happening to keep me interested, but all in all this was a pretty simple setup that never delves into its most promising parts. The soundtrack is neat, atmosphere is suitably cold and desolate, but we're always kept at arm's length and therefore I wasn't really affected by the few character development moments. Half a lifetime ago I would've considered this to be romantic, now I'm mainly digging how cool Sheila Vand looked wearing that chador. And that cat was rad.
Rated 09 May 2015
67
53rd
It's pretty enough to get a passing grade but for a movie about a feminist vampire, they sure chose to focus on the who cares male character. His inspirations and intentions sucked the lifeblood out of this story. Sorry, that was a Once Bitten reference, or something.
Rated 16 May 2019
67
59th
"The first Iranian vampire Western", with its black and white cinematography and hipster vampire mumblecore, makes for an interestingly unique little indie drama, and overall an entertaining enough watch.
Rated 11 Jun 2015
77
72nd
Farsi romantic vampire western that takes place in a surreal town dislodged from a specific time, place & culture. Full of interesting subtext with a dreamy atmosphere that's both elegant & pulpy. Some of the many pop-conventions are ill-fitting, others work beautifully. Assembled in a Tarantino way but has something unique and strange about it. Not everything quite pays off yet I love this kind of open & adventurous cinema. The gothic & symbolic but self-aware & humorous tone does it credit.
Rated 29 May 2015
50
26th
Empty, arty junk.
Rated 12 Jan 2015
35
19th
As a modern vampire movie this was bound to be adolescent, but as a Persian movie it was bound to be good. I went hoping to solve this paradox. Apparently, vampire movie awfulness always wins. Save for the Farsi spoken and the heroine's chador, there is absolutely nothing Iranian about this. It was shot in southern California, takes place somewhere imaginary, and rides the coattails of such safe-side American Indie stuff as Jim Jarmusch. The black/white photography is another part of that.
Rated 15 Nov 2015
74
36th
Given that the majority of critics are enamored of superficial flourishes of technique like referencing other cinematic works, "meditative/hypnotic" (i.e. lugubrious) pacing, potentially inscrutable visual metaphors & associate profundity w/ silence, it's no wonder this is so overrated. There are a couple of moments where the 2 leads make emotional connections (to each other & other characters) that hold some resonance, but for the most part this is a triumph of style over threadbare substance.
Rated 31 Mar 2015
5
42nd
This isn't bad, but it gave me the impression Amirpour's influences were more in control of the movie than Amirpour herself. I like the idea of a vampire walking the streets at night preying on men who abuse women, but it didn't seem to amount to much more than that, and the constant attempts at creepy cool were hit or miss.
Rated 08 May 2015
66
41st
Amirpour proudly wears her influences on her sleeve. She does so a bit too much actually, meaning scenes lack a sense of cohesiveness that would tie them to each other. The plot is thin which is fine but it needs more emotional meat so we can care about the characters. A unique juxtaposition, at least.
Rated 17 Feb 2016
72
25th
Less vampire western than vampire mumblecore. Liked it enough that I wanted to like it more. Extra point for that White Lies song that I like.
Rated 04 Apr 2015
50
18th
Kudos for originality, I guess, but apart from being nicely shot and moody, it doesn't really offer much if you're not a hipster. Awfully thin story-wise. Had a hard time completing it.
Rated 24 Jun 2015
43
22nd
This is insufferably slow, and not just in a narrative sense. Characters take so long to do the simplest of things, even turning around. Thankfully the cinematography & soundtrack are stylish and fantastic and stop it from being an outright disaster.
Rated 08 Jul 2015
3
38th
Kinda like an amateur-hour Jim Jarmusch take on a vampire film. We already got the real thing of that, though. Watchable, stylish, occasionally hits the spot but drags too much.
Rated 08 Jul 2015
75
77th
This stylish, unique mood piece feels like a fresh, innovative take on the genre. It actually has some bite, you know?
Rated 07 May 2015
56
49th
Such a cool by design film. At first you get pumped up about finally seeing something different, but also familiar. An effect achieved here setting a vampire movie in Persia, of all places. Not to seem ignorant, but are you guys even allowed to be hipsters? When the novelty wears off and the movie starts retracing same streets all over again you start seeing the lack of content in the nice packaging. A movie bound to create buzz, but it wears off fast.
Rated 09 Jun 2017
57
46th
Empty, that's how I can describe this movie. There is hardly a story and the characters are severly under developed which causes lack of sympathy. Acting isn't great either. The movie progresses awkwardly to an ending which felt me very unsatisfied. At least the movie has a nice cat.
Rated 23 Apr 2015
20
13th
Oh well, I was really looking forward to this and for so long. What a pity
Rated 15 Sep 2015
55
34th
I didn't think this was very good. The whole thing just seemed quite amateurish, derivative & very hipster to me. It was also very slow moving, sometimes unbearably so, & consequently, rather boring for a lot of the running time. It is saved from being totally worthless by having wonderful black & white cinematography, though. And the soundtrack was cool, but it wasn't married with the visuals very well & was often overpowering & too heavily relied upon. Rather disappointing, overall.
Rated 03 Apr 2015
83
77th
"The World's First Persian Vampire-Western" is actually a far less tacky premise than it sounds, and at its core is an amalgamation of everything that Amirpour loves and holds dearly: America, Iran, Spaghetti Westerns, Vampire Novels, B&W Horror Films, Graphic Novels, Punk Rock and Feminism. It's weird, but it works, and will leave a lot thoughts swimming around your head afterwards.
Rated 20 Sep 2020
65
55th
The story and characters a bit thin, but the atmosphere and a few creepy scenes save it. The pacing isn’t necessarily bad, but there’s really not a lot that happens, and the creepy scenes are mostly in the first half. It’s niche, which is both a good thing as well as a bad thing here.
Rated 21 Dec 2021
69
43rd
Has an artsy vibe with the b&w picture and hip indie soundtrack but there's not enough teeth to get under my skin. I wanted it to get more weird!
Rated 07 May 2015
74
61st
The cinematography is outstanding, but there isn't much here beyond that.
Rated 27 Mar 2015
73
49th
A deeply and visually striking film about a troubled history of patriarchy and abuse centred around a memorable feminist vampirical hipster protagonist.
Rated 10 Jun 2015
70
36th
Stylish but kinda dull.
Rated 18 Apr 2015
41
17th
jarmusch goes middle east..
Rated 22 Feb 2015
51
14th
Cool Hipster Persian movie. And that's not a good thing.
Rated 29 Mar 2015
85
94th
This exists and it's awesome, and now I will go into detail- actually only three details: 1. The scene with the disco ball and 'Death' by White Lies playing. 2. The Girl on a skateboard. 3. The scene with the disco ball and 'Death' by White Lies playing.
Rated 24 Jul 2016
70
23rd
I might have possibly been expecting too much from this, having read and heard lots of praise. It's quite stylish, beautifully executed, but - and I realise it's perhaps bizarre to ask this of a film with a vampire - too vague. There were more interesting avenues to explore here rather than the romantic relationship; I'm disappointed with the choice to make that the core of the film and to somewhat rob the lead character of her plot line. Beautiful, Lynchian, Tarantinoesque, I would argue.
Rated 28 Jun 2017
50
31st
meh. Black & white vampire film shot somewhere that quite obviously isn't Iran - not that I've been to Iran but trust me I'm right. It held my interest as a vampire film in Farsi is that little bit different but take away that unique quality and there's nothing really here. I was just coming to the conclusion to fast forward through to the end and then it made my decision for me by finishing. Three word review:Not all that
Rated 28 Mar 2015
80
65th
I hope, the basic idea of this movie alone is worth 3 more films for Ana Lily Amirpour. So she can add learning experience and craft to otherwise brilliant genre-expanding, innovative, smart ideas. This film lacks a few things and at times gets way to much ahead of itself, but! It left me with the same promise it arrived: With Amirpur, there is great art to come!
Rated 07 Aug 2015
90
81st
A slow, very beautiful movie with great soundtrack and an atmosphere so palpable you can almost taste it (no, I won't make a bad vampire pun here). If you enjoyed Let The Right One In, you'll have fun with this one too.
Rated 23 Mar 2015
22
6th
It is the most godawful, boring, hipster horrible thing this year. I mean, the nerve to sell us a couple trendy film-school clichés at that rate! Call The Raveonettes, The Kills, Crystal Castles or someone with a similar aesthetic background - they could make a useful video out of it.
Rated 13 Sep 2015
79
80th
A vampire movie that actually has a reason for why it's a vampire movie. The slow, stark pseudo-early-Jarmusch storytelling may not be for everyone, but personally I love it. If you only watch one movie with a skateboarding Iranian vampire this year, make it this one.
Rated 06 Feb 2022
68
91st
Very cool, an interesting film about a girl who's a vampire and doesn't really do much.
Rated 01 Jun 2015
78
58th
Not an unusually profound movie, but good for plusminus 100 minutes of good fun: skillfully shot in black-and-white, humorous, well-paced, entrancing.
Rated 11 Mar 2015
70
77th
An odd mix of horror, romance, Western, and pop music, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a film unlike many you'll ever see, and for that reason alone it's worth seeing. It's greater than the sum of its parts, even though it doesn't wind up amounting to a whole lot, and its meandering pace will turn off some viewers.
Rated 10 Nov 2017
70
81st
It may be an example of a style-over-substance film or I may be reading too little into the overarching theme, but in any way - boy, what a style that is. Shot in black and white with a rich use of the grayscale, the film is gorgeous. It has a plethora of memorable scenes - the skateboard shots some of my favourite. Great cast, atmosphere, sets and production with a complimenting soundtrack too. Sheila Vand is just awesome. Awesome film.
Rated 16 Feb 2021
40
13th
This looks, sounds and feels like a 'student' film by which I mean it seems little more than a process of Amirpour replicating aspects of her favourite movies. But it is at least a competently made student film with some glimpses of Amirpour's own ideas on what film should be. It would have made a better film if the focus was on the junkie father and not the young vampire, simply because this is the part of the film in which Amirpour's own style seems most evident (i.e. less derivative).
Rated 14 Apr 2022
70
37th
Stylish, visually rich horror movie (resonances with LET THE RIGHT ONE IN) is enjoyable and immersive for at least half the running time, with Vand’s sleek and sinister “heroine” worthy of joining the ranks of the memorable screen vampires. Second half deflates as the tension evaporates and the film becomes a low-key gothic romance – with our “young lovers” undeveloped beyond the most abstract of personality traits, it's difficult to become invested, leaving the film to meander towards the end.
Rated 20 Mar 2024
5
20th
While watching it, I couldn't stop imagining this as an animated horror film, but then I realised the story leaves much to be desired and it wouldn't have changed much. The striped fishing shirt and cape-like chador makes for a memorable costume, but neither the character nor the movie are interesting beyond that.
Rated 02 Mar 2023
60
44th
It's probably a bit too slow-burning for its own good and especially the first part is rather unengaging, however as soon as the two main characters meet, sparks start to fly. The moments they share are captivating, their acting, lack of dialogue and fitting soundtrack only serving to elevate the experience. Last but not least, the photography is really beautiful throughout, and the end, though seemingly underwhelming story-wise, is an apt symbolic representation of the need for social progress.
Rated 10 May 2015
75
57th
Great visual style!
Rated 29 Jan 2016
75
40th
While the film is beautifully shot, I found myself having a hard time paying attention to the plot. Considering this is still early in Amirpour's career I am excited to see where it goes from here.
Rated 02 Jan 2017
5
81st
I forgot to rank this. It's a great film
Rated 10 Oct 2015
60
38th
Stylishly filmed, but oh so slow in places, and the vampire is one of the most bland and uninteresting ones I've seen.
Rated 18 Mar 2017
72
35th
This is a vampire movie I could sink my teeth into. I really thought a vampire movie set in Iran was an interesting concept. I thought the name "Bad City" for the city was a little lame to be honest, though. I thought the directing, acting and look of the film was great. I love most things in black and white. The music was my favorite part, I felt like I was just boppin' along through the movie, as a lonely goth-girl vampire was eating people. Not bad for a foreign film...
Rated 15 Apr 2015
80
51st
Good idea and atmosphere
Rated 08 Apr 2019
72
80th
This was an unusual but mostly entertaining vampire film. The music was good, the acting was stilted in mostly a good way, film looked great, the music mostly worked but the pacing was dreadful.
Rated 21 May 2015
70
44th
I could watch the visuals roll by for days.
Rated 20 Aug 2016
77
49th
Not sure what to make of this Iranian Sin-City-meets-vampires art film. Certainly the last thing I expected from Iranian cinema. The highly stylised aesthetic works at times, but not in a way I found revolutionary. Often the screen was simply too dark for the chiaroscuro to be effective. Other times it was beautiful. Good use of music. But not enough characterisation (barely any). The film's plot and message were too muddled and unclear. I feel like most of a good movie was in there somewhere.
Rated 14 Mar 2023
90
52nd
Love the cinematography, slow pace and music in this foreign vampire movie.
Rated 12 Apr 2019
90
40th
My SCORING: 99-96=Great; 95-90=Very good; 89-85=Good; 84-80=So-so; 79-70=Boring; Below 70=Forget it.
Rated 14 Dec 2015
80
86th
13.12.15 (+)
Rated 02 Sep 2015
74
26th
Unnecessarily bland visually, oh and also in general. That said, I am ashamed of how much I enjoyed that glorious attic-dance-party soundtrack
Rated 31 May 2015
60
60th
I have no idea what was going on with this, but I'm glad I was there to see it.
Rated 23 Apr 2015
80
75th
An interesting, enjoyable film that, at times, feels like a pastiche of American pop culture. The cinematography is excellent, and there are some startling beautiful shots. The romance resembles "Let the Right One In" (without the predatory relationship). I am interested to see what Amirpour's growth as a writer/director.
Rated 24 Apr 2015
90
92nd
Shot in a breathtakingly fresh ultra-high-contrast black and white, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night combines the best elements of the horror, film noir, and western genres to create a truly unique and supreme take on the vampire story. The bleak and vast emptiness of Bad City helps create a mood where everything is wrong and you aren't quite sure if this is some surreal dream-city dreamt up by one of the few characters, or a real place where they live.
Rated 03 May 2015
4
88th
Film noir with a vampiress done right. Also there is a really cute, fat cat.
Rated 29 Jul 2015
9
88th
Love the very last scene.
Rated 23 Mar 2015
86
89th
Sometimes slow and self-indulgent, for sure, but more often than not, deliriously original and stylish, not to mention gorgeous-looking. Amirpour's such a unique, jazzy new cinematic talent that this reminded me of Rodriguez circa EL MARIACHI, or (dare I say it?) Tarantino circa RESERVOIR DOGS. Lots of cool shit to unpack here--the soundtrack, the meticulous silent movie visuals, the pseduo-futuristic setting, the motives and purpose of that vampire. Tremendously cool.
Rated 27 Nov 2016
83
85th
Narratively begins to taper off around the third act, but Amirpour's eclectic fusion of various generic tropes and visual styles calls to mind the self-aware genre clashing of someone like Tarantino. Wholly unique unto itself, AGWHAAN is a testament to cinema's ability to mould, reconfigure, and recontextualize that which we thought we knew so well into an entirely new product.
Rated 18 Aug 2015
72
47th
Movie about a vampire girl with some moral scruples. The story itself is unremarkable, but the photography and the soundtrack are really nice.
Rated 29 Mar 2015
82
59th
Noir, horror, romance, spaghetti western, dark comedy, feminist thriller...Amirpour deserves kudos just for combining all of this into a visually stunning vampire movie. And what a soundtrack!
Rated 21 Dec 2015
83
75th
82.500
Rated 06 Sep 2020
55
34th
I really wanted to enjoy this more than I did. There was a lot that I liked: the moody visuals, the skateboarding vampire, the consistently interesting, eclectic soundtrack, and some solid scenes, but it didn't all come together in a package that worked for me. I feel I could have gotten all of the elements I liked in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night in a package that was maybe 15 minutes long. It really changes the whole vibe when you know this was actually shot in California instead of Iran.
Rated 01 May 2015
70
56th
Really liked the look of the film and while it started out a little slow it didn't take me long to get into it. I prefer if they would have done more with the themes on the Western genre. I thought they worked well with the story, cinematography, and overall mood of the film.
Rated 13 Feb 2018
78
80th
Incredibly cool visuals surround this quiet movie about finding love and escaping your dull hometown. Good performances and the fluffiest movie cat in a long time make this movie really worthwhile. Also, all vampires should skateboard more often.
Rated 03 May 2015
63
61st
Another vampire movie suggestive in its link between consumer identity & vampirism, though this one sort of formally embodies that notion, too, with its overt appropriation & pastiche, some parts of which are more successful (Jarmusch) than others (Leone). Taking place in a fictional ghost town in Iran lends some additional subtext, with the bloodletting both an act of violence and vitality -- so what does that say about these Iranians' entrepreneurial bricolage of Western pop culture?
Rated 26 May 2015
80
80th
A brilliant portrayal of the encroaching vampirism of global corporate capitalism.
Rated 09 Oct 2019
4
16th
Lots of great ideas, but it just didn't mesh well for me.
Rated 21 Mar 2021
67
38th
The first part of this movie was surprisingly original, dark, odd and promising. Unfortunately it wears off extremely fast, and gives place to the obnoxiously beautiful cinematography and wafer-thin plot that the director just couldn't seem to find a quick and proper way to tie up its loose ends. It made the whole experience drag on and on... until that anticlimactically poor ending. On another note, I found Sheila Vand's performance mesmerizing.
Rated 31 Oct 2020
29
10th
This movie is too arthouse for its own good. Wouldn't go as far to say "pretentious" cause sadly I think the groundwork the movie does, its themes of feminism and western feel to an Irainan horror movie, are great groundwork. It just doesn't do anything with it. The movie moves through scenes at a lethargic pacing, thinking its showing enough to not tell much. But the characters get little development and its scares get repeated. The score and cinematography is amazing though.
Rated 20 Jul 2015
4
74th
Light on narrative, perhaps a little moralizing, but its desolate and moody aesthetic is so appealing. I found it riveting.
Rated 19 Apr 2014
80
46th
A slow but creepy and enjoyable little vampire flick.
Rated 18 Jun 2015
76
57th
Vampira feminista com recorte pop, pra quê mais?
Rated 10 Mar 2016
83
67th
Ich denke, dass die Vampire immer mit uns sein werden und dass unser Interesse an den nächtlichen Blutsaugern nie vergehen wird. Hier kommt Ana Lily Amirpours Debüt eines stilisierten Vampirmädchens im Tschador. Bestimmt wird ihr Schleier bald zur Pop Mythologie des Vamprismus gehören!... Die ganze Rezension und eine Liste mit stilisierten Vampir Filmen findet ihr auf cinegeek.de
Rated 25 Sep 2015
75
65th
Individually, parts are great, with hyptnotizing music and cinematography. But as a whole, I had a hard time getting a solid grip on what the film was.
Rated 02 May 2015
47
12th
Yeni yönetmenlerin dünyanın en visually stunning filmini ben çekeceğim hırsından gına geldi. Feminist bir anlatı kurayım derken, bunu eline yüzüne bulaştırması da cabası.
Rated 23 Mar 2020
75
49th
Very interesting stylistically, as the mood of the film shifts from scene to scene. The actual plot doesn't have much to it, but the settings and characters are well realized.
Rated 10 Aug 2015
6
43rd
Stylish with interesting sound and soundtrack but overall the narrative lacked a sense of direction and cohesion.
Rated 03 Jan 2015
82
78th
Just damn cool.
Rated 27 Apr 2015
65
54th
some of it worked surprisingly well, some didn't. i'm not sure whether to accredit that to cultural differences, there's definitely some weird and alienating stuff. on the upside, it is refreshing to see how you can make a movie with basically +/- 5 actors and just a sketch of a plot. on the downside, there's really not that much going on, some of the lingering shots were absolutely overdone and the use of soundtrack forced inevitable bollywood associations.
Rated 10 Nov 2019
70
76th
good movie
Rated 20 Mar 2020
70
42nd
There's a lot of really striking imagery in this vampire tale set in an extremely fictionalized version of Iran. I liked looking at it, but nothing really grabbed me until the last half hour. I liked it, but didn't love it.
Rated 20 May 2015
72
33rd
A highly stylized neo-noir with elements of horror and romantic drama. Amirpour appropriates film conventions and American pop culture to make a statement on personal identity, but the film invests in its own character with stark imagery and a stylish, unusual soundtrack that spans from synthpop to garage rock to Iranian folk music. On the whole, the derivative style feels a bit shallow, but it's also incredibly self-assured for such an adventurous debut.
Rated 30 Nov 2014
87
80th
In the lawless Bad City, a melancholy vampire (Sheila Vand) and a frustrated young man (Arash Marandi) fall in love, but he does not know the truth about her...and she is afraid to tell him. A simple, haunting love story, gorgeously shot in B&W by Lyle Vincent, which owes a debt not only to VAMPYR but to Leone, yet ultimately becomes its own striking beast. A triumph for writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour; well acted, with an incredible soundtrack, it's simply one hell of a movie.
Rated 21 Sep 2015
36
13th
I would be able to forgive all of the artsy-fartsy bullshit if it weren't so goddamn boring.
Rated 27 Oct 2014
89
90th
Cool vampires are the best vampires.
Rated 27 Oct 2023
75
57th
This is an interesting and extremely atmospheric Iranian horror movie that feels like it just falls short of being great, but for those who like a horror movie with serious vibes, this is a good choice. The vampire premise is fairly interesting, but I thought it could have been explored more. Good stuff, though.
Rated 12 Aug 2018
95
99th
senaryo: % 70, Müzik: %90, Siyah beyazkullanımı %100, Kamera: %100
Rated 14 Jul 2016
74
56th
If hipsters bug you, be warned. However, the design, the music, and the wonderful lighting create something to behold in Amirpour's very slight horror story. It may be too cool for its own good, at times, but it's great Jamurshian tale.
Rated 19 May 2021
68
30th
Beautiful to look at, and a stunning soundtrack, but lacks any coherent point/storyline/drama, which is a shame. Would have made a great short.

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