Movie: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
My Rating: 4 stars
This movie is very hip. It’s not just the black and while color palette. Or the cool kid soundtrack. (Of course those help). I think it’s more about how the main characters slink silently through their world. They say almost nothing, but those sulking faces are more expressive than words. And, what they’re saying is “We’re cooler than you.” I think I agree—probably because I want it too hard. But, with these kids it’s effortless. That could have something to do with the confidence that comes with being a deadly vampire.
Of course, we’re all used to slick, stylish vampires. What makes this story so interesting is that it’s a vampire movie set in Iran. And, somehow it’s a Western too. It’s got all the Western tropes: loners, prostitutes, tyrants, a dry, desolate landscape, and a quiet, misunderstood hero. Of course, the filmmaker couldn’t have actually filmed such an edgy film in Iran. So, while it’s Persian language, actual filming took place in the lovely Kern County, California. I couldn’t say for sure, but I think Kern County plays a pretty convincing double. The town is supposed to be a pretty desolate place, empty of any hope.
Another element of the story that really stands out to me is just how lonely everyone is—especially our vampire friend, and the handsome protagonist that she just can’t bear to kill. (I guess it would make sense that a vampire wouldn’t want to eat everyone she meets). Every character is looking for meaning in their lives, and they all have their own strategies. Some try to fill the void with drugs, others with sex, or frivolous parties. But, our vampire is one of the few people who is actually seeking a human connection. Dancing alone in her house to super cool records can only stave off loneliness for so long. Now, if only she didn’t have an unquenchable thirst for human blood. That’s pretty inconvenient for someone trying to make friends.
I think you’d probably better see this movie if you’re one of those types who likes to consider themselves very knowledgeable about the world of film. But, I think it’d also be pretty interesting to people who aren’t quite so pretentious. The acting is mesmerizing, and the black and white palette is haunting. And, you’ll really find yourself caring what happens to these pour souls.