A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, a debut feature by director Ana Lily Amirpour, delivers a unique fare, steeped in Iranian lore, with inspired touches from spaghetti westerns, rom-coms, and film noir. Watching this film, to me, is much like stepping into a new restaurant with unfamiliar dishes. You look at the menu with no clue what any of the dishes are, but you order something anyway. The smells in the restaurant are both familiar and new.
So, for me, the foreign dish that is this film, is delectable. While the surroundings for me are very unfamiliar, I know the feeling of fear such dark alleys bring, and how the unknown dangers that lurk around the corner raise still manage to tingle my spine.
In the backdrop of crisp cinematography, this vampire tale is steeped in romanticism, and manages to resurrect an old familiar story and raise it into new heights. At times, the film's aesthetics and quieter moments create this feeling of a long film, but it's relatively short at 104 minutes.
As a filmmaker myself, there's a lot to appreciate from this film, shot in a Californian desert. The lighting and framing of the shots are absolutely gorgeous, and there is a great sense of confidence from the director in her ability to make us escape into another country, despite the fact she never left California.
My overall score? 7 bits out of 8.
You can find it right here on Netflix: A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (Netflix)