Lonely hearts find one another against the backdrop of an industrial ghost town in the feature debut of Iranian-American director Ana Lily Amipour. Self-described as ‘the first Iranian vampire spaghetti-western’, the film follows loners Arash and The Girl as they drift through the streets of Dark City, withheld from true human connection by violence, poverty, addiction and immortality.
The look is is gorgeous and seductive; shot in inky monochrome, its night-sequences are dripping with classical noir imagery and its scenes of industrial machinery feel genuinely fresh and moving. The towering machines and our heroes are quite alike, moving mechanised day-to-day, as if on autopilot.
Where A Girl Walks Home may catch you off-guard is in its story, moving from the deliberately disappointing conventional mystery opening act to a delightful exploration of mood and character. If classic noir stories full of tragic heroes and femme fatales are your thing, then this one’s for you. Alternatively, if skateboarding vampires are more your thing, you won’t be disappointed.
Iran. Cert 15. English subtitles