It's unfortunate that Farhadi, and so many of his film-making and acting compatriots are so routinely censored. The film was shot in the town of in in southern California. The woman with the chador spends her time listening to music alone in her apartment, skateboarding, or bedeviling pedestrians at night, until she comes across the lost Arash. In a crime of opportunity, Arash steals a pair of diamond earrings from the wealthy young woman he works for, Shaydah. A must see not just for vampire-film aficionados but also for all fans of compelling, if terrifying, drama. Where people stand in what relation to each other, and whether they dare look each other in the eyes: Amirpour makes these things more important than what they actually say.
As she is gathering up her things, the cat appears and Arash realizes that she had something to do with his father's death. But it's so much more than that; it's about a young lady who happens to be a vampire in Iran. Hossein goes to Atti and forces her to take heroin with him. The story could use some momentum and energy to go with its gorgeously effective posturing, and more ideas as compelling as the image of The Girl descending on a victim, chador billowing behind her. He shows vulnerability and compassion, and she takes him to her home, where they listen to music, and she resists his exposed neck. It's apparently very, very good. Suffering from , Hossein has an episode where he believes that Arash's cat is his dead wife.
Things take an overtly comic turn when Arash—something of a sweet-natured dork despite his quiffed rebel demeanor—attends a Halloween party as Dracula. That is, the film is in Farsi, and stars a cast of Iranian or Iranian-American actors, but was shot in California, not far from Bakersfield, where writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour grew up. The following morning, Arash discovers Hossein's body. Many of Iran's greatest cinematic achievements are illegal there, considered too corrupted by western cinema. Her victims include both good and bad people, and she speaks very little. He finds Saeed dead, and takes back his car keys along with a suitcase of drugs and cash. The couple later tryst at dead of night at the local power plant, itself lit up like a jeweled city.
Arash decides to sell the drugs, allowing him to quit his job working for Shaydah. Because the movie's in black and white, there's a cinema verite' feel about it, too, as if you're the one walking past the playground after dark with The Girl staring at you from across the street. Saeed comes across a strange young woman in a at night. Meanwhile in Bad City, a devilishly handsome young man named Arash Arash Marandi is coping with the depressed excesses of his overweight junkie dad Hossein Marshall Manesh , and working as gardener and handyman to a rich family whose spoiled daughter, the recent recipient of a nose job, sees him as her latest toy. They meet the next night, and she says that he does not know the terrible things she has done. By the time it takes a final Aldrich-esque drive into the shadows, A Girl Walks Home has more than earned your attention—and got you wondering where that shadow-steeped road leads, either for its romantic duo or for Amirpour as audacious writer-director.
Amirpour is more concerned with creating memorable tableaux, which her characters often drift around like kelp in deep water. While there, she grows long fangs and first bites off his finger, then goes for his neck, killing him. Infuriated by his father, Arash gives him drugs and money and throws him out, telling him to take the cat with him. Tattooed thug Saeed Dominic Rains never seems to be in a hurry, but he keeps busy abusing streetwalker Atti Mozahn Marnò and supplying coke and heroin to the locals, including aging junkie Hossein Marshall Manesh. The movie is brilliantly shot and acted, not just by Sheila Vand as the title character but also Arash Marandi and Mozhan Marno as an everyman and a prostitute, respectively.
For the chiaroscuro, of course—that seems to be what motivates Amirpour most. If it lingers too long in its strange, still moments, it at least makes them look terrific on the screen. He is unfazed, gives her the earrings and — at her request — pierces her ears with a safety pin, but she eventually leaves. Belgian band created an alternative soundtrack for the film, played it live several times with the film screening in the background and released it as an album in 2018. . There's hardly anything like it so if you want to see something different I can't recommend it enough. He eventually gets back in the car and the two continue their trip onwards.
This latter trait lends quite a bit to the mystery surrounding her and the horror she perpetuates. In his very enthusiastic recent review, not only David Lynch, but Vigo, Cocteau, and Buñuel, no less. Atti, a prostitute who worked for Saeed, is followed at night by the woman, and they retreat to the prostitute's apartment. The Girl of the title Sheila Vand is a gamine-ish music fan who likes to dance alone in her poster-decorated den. Though not far outside: Girl Walks Home was filmed in Taft, California. As she leaves, she passes by Arash, who has come to offer the earrings for his car. When Saeed brings The Girl into his pimped-out pad, he walks off and ignores her for a while, giving her room to investigate his swag and be properly impressed, but she simply stands and patiently waits for his next move.
Girl Walks Home is set in the backwater Iranian oil town of Bad City, a place so tiny that it only seems to rate one gangster. Later, he goes to a costume party at a night club dressed up as Dracula, where he is seduced by Shaydah into taking one of the pills he is selling. Distressed, he runs to the apartment of the woman and begs her to run away with him. A brief first glance at the title and poster might lead one to believe this is an action movie about a girl fighting back against attackers in an evening setting. They are found by the woman, who kills Hossein. Yes, it's probably the first and only Iranian vampire movie you'll ever see.
Under the influence, he is rejected by her, and ends up lost at night on the street. After Atti helps her dispose of Hossein's body, she tells her to take the cat and leave. An campaign was launched in July 2012 to fund the feature-length version of the film. That lack of solidity, and the dreamy pacing, can make A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night feel stylish but empty, and at times narratively inert. She seduces Saeed to take him back to his apartment.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a wayward, genuinely oneiric creation—look at its sudden arresting focus-pull on some oil derricks, and its graceful, gratuitous interlude of a transgender cowgirl figure dancing with a helium balloon. When came out in April 2014, cinephiles got to find out exactly what a Jim Jarmusch vampire movie looks like right now: an idyll of sumptuous textures, sedentary debauchery, and angst. They have a conversation during which the woman realizes that Atti no longer remembers what it is to desire. They are harassed by a cruel, drug-dealer pimp named Saeed, who seizes the young man's prized car in exchange for money the father owes him. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a really wonderful debut feature from Ana Lily Amirpour her next movie has an impressive cast btw, Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is bound to cause a stir in academic circles for the way that it blurs its Eastern and Western codes so thoroughly: making manifestly American settings stand in for an imaginary Iran, playing provocatively on the chador as Islamic garment and as vampire-cape substitute, having its heroine at once tender lover and murderous monster in a way that neither Anne Rice nor Stephenie Meyer would quite recognize. It's very moody, slow, always extremely cool and sometimes creepy.