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|Originaltitel:||A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night|
|Genre:||Mystery, Horror, Romance|
|Regie:||Ana Lily Amirpour|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 100 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
The Iranian ghost town Bad City more than lives up to its name. For here live only broken souls, unscrupulous criminals and outcasts of society. One of them is the young Arash (Arash Marandi), who tries to lead an honest life in the supf of drugs, violence and crime that surrounds him. So he has earned his beloved Ford Thunderbird. But he doesn't enjoy the car much, because in order to pay off his father's debts he has to hand it over to the dealer Saeed (Dominic Rains). When he wants to negotiate the car with Saeed again, he meets a mysterious girl (Sheila Vand), who immediately attracts him. What Arash doesn't know: the girl is a vampire. Every night she drives through the city, wrapped in a chador, on her skateboard and satisfies her thirst for blood on the particularly depraved subjects. A tender love develops between her and Arash, which shouldn't really exist...
With her feature film debut "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night" the filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour has staged a vampire movie of a slightly different kind. However unusual the idea may be, the handwriting of her obvious role models can be read from the finished work. A pinch of David Lynch, a hint of Jim Jarmusch, a little Sergio Leone and finally some Quentin Tarantino - and that's an atmospheric Arthaus horror. Although a certain originality can't be denied, there is almost no scene in which Amirpour wasn't clearly influenced by other filmmakers. Of course, this doesn't change the fact that her vampire love story, shot in atmospheric black and white, works really well for those viewers who can get involved with it.
This is primarily due to the surreal-hypnotic imagery. Although the film is set in Iran, it was shot entirely in a desolate oil town in the California desert. This scenery, accompanied by a wonderfully versatile soundtrack, gives the production a very special charm, which also makes the many extremely quiet moments very exciting. The perfect interplay of images and music alone makes it clear what artistic talent Ana Lily Amirpour has. If she now succeeds in finding even more of her own, very individual signature, you will certainly get to see a lot more exciting and thrilling from this director in the future.
Her debut is certainly not a film for the masses. Especially the many quiet passages are a bit too bulky for that. But for those who appreciate quiet, unadapted vampire stories that live primarily from their atmospheric images and where it is well worthwhile to read between the lines, the "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night" produced by Elijah Wood and others can be absolutely recommended. Worth seeing
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