Indie Gems: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Arash (Arash Marandi) lives in an Iranian town called "Bad City." There's not much going on there. His father is a junkie whose pimp is harassing him for money. Meanwhile, he meets a mysterious girl (Sheila Vand) who roams the streets at night. What he doesn't know is that she's actually a vampire.
This film was one I heard a lot about last year, but it never dawned on me that it was an Iranian vampire movie. I'm not even sure what I thought it was going to be about, truthfully. Either way, it got excellent reviews so when I saw that it ended up on Netflix Instant, I had to see it.
I'm not a fan of modern black and white movies, but this is one of the few where it absolutely works. The film is very stylish and the soundtrack fits perfectly. There are times where it tries a bit too hard to be arty. (That balloon dance) But overall it sets an interesting tone and separates itself from all the other vampire movies. In fact, it's not really a vampire movie at all. The lead character just happens to be one. This is a peculiar love story, and one about a woman taking control of her own life despite something that should define her.
Memorable Quote: "Are you a good boy?" - The Girl (Sheila Vand)