Movie Review – A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014)
This black and white American film, in Persian with English sub-titles, is billed as the first Iranian Vampire Western. It centres around a mysterious woman in a black cape, who wanders the Iranian town of Bad City, terrorizing her victims in various ways, and at the same time focusing attention on a young man and the emotions that he brings out in her.
This film was a very interesting, unique, cinematic experience. The visuals in the black and white film were many times mesmerizing, which shots of the oil and gas fields outside the Iranian town, sides of drab buildings and homes brought to life by vibrant and interesting characters who were often times walking through Bad City in the middle of the night. Some of the most eerie and frightening scenes did not involve specific “vampire action”, such as when the the unnamed woman frightens and terrorizes a young boy playing with his skateboard in the street. There were also elements of humour in the film too, with the way the woman interacted with various characters, whether it was one of the victims or one of the spared people in Bad City.
The other main character in the film, the young man Arash, was a complex character who was not quite as interesting as the woman. He certainly inspired some sex appeal, but the chemistry between him and the woman sometimes felt forced and fake.
Although there were elements that made this enjoyable, the idea of mashing up a vampire movie and a western, in this fictional Iranian town, didn’t always work. Sometimes the plot seemed to move slowly from one thematic moment to the next, and there were numerous sub-plots that didn’t always fit nicely into the overarching story that was being told.
In summary, this was an interesting story from an artistic and visual concept perspective, but did not really live up to the bill as being an exciting vampire / western.
Overall: 2.5 stars out of 5 stars.