|Dominic Rains, following the rule that every drug dealer must own a track suit|
Sunday, October 11, 2015
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night.... and she doesn't have to use her mace!
I love the vampire genre. It’s sexy and terrifying… a thoroughly appealing combination. I’m also a sucker for aesthetics…. I love a movie that LOOKS really good. Add an interesting female character whose existence goes beyond victim, and I’m totally in.
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night combines all three aspects (and has a cool title to boot) and is streaming on Netflix RIGHT NOW. Or you get it on blu-ray here .
This movie was written and directed by an Iranian woman, AnaLily Amirpour, which makes it even cooler, because if you are a horror fan, you know how rare female writers and directors are. It is shot in gorgeous black and white, and looks like a Fellini film, it is bleak and beautiful. It’s Iranian, so yes, there are subtitles, but put on your big kid pants and deal with it. I know you can read.
The story takes place in the mythical Persian town of Bad City (interesting side note, it was actually filmed in California, as I imagine it might have been difficult for an Iranian woman to film a vampire movie in Iran). Aresh is a young man, working a shit job, and taking care of his junkie father. His mother is dead. His father owes money to a local dealer/pimp, who breaks absolutely no stereotypes: he sports grade-A douchebag facial hair, wears a track suit, has a tattoo that says “Sex” across his chest, and has an apartment filled with fish tanks, dumbbells, a drum set and suitcases full of drugs and cash.
He’s a real piece of shit who we see smacking
women around and making nasty threats to Aresh and his dad. The pimp takes Aresh’s beloved car when his
father can’t pay his debt.
Also wandering around in the gloom of Bad City is a young woman in a hijab, dressed all in black. The pimp picks her up, and…. Let’s just say the scene is quite satisfying.
I don’t want to give it all away, because you should really watch this, but I will say that the paths of Aresh and the young women cross, and it doesn’t unfold exactly how you’d expect. There are elements of horror, along with a sweetly romantic vibe, and a kick-ass soundtrack of Persian pop music. It made me think just briefly of Let The Right One In, with older protagonists.
So, let’s review…. Vampires, cool artsy cinematography, good music, female writer/director, and you get to impress your friends by telling them you watched a foreign film! It’s not super gory so if that’s a must for you, then grow up, take a night off from straight up gore for gore’s sake, and watch it anyway. Did I mention it’s on Netflix? No excuses.