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Friday, 2 December 2016

What Jessica Watched: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

A Girl Walks Home at Night is technically a vampire movie. And it totally has a creep element, and obviously vampires, but I feel like that’s not the stand out feature. It’s Persian (in language only sadly; it’s shot in California!), it’s black and white and it’s moody, with the added bonus of an amazing soundtrack. Full of singularly stunning scenes that come together as an airy, seductive dream, I’ve not been able to stop thinking about it.

If you’re into artsy black and white films (the awe of some shots left me reminiscing about Control, the movie about Joy Division’s Ian Curtis), or slow moving “nothing much happens” type movies, you will definitely be into this. But also, if you’re into a sneaky vampire film that strays away from the obvious, give it a shot.

This is predominantly beautiful rather than action packed, which is not to say there’s no plot. There’s some romance, some family drama and a bit of violence (obviously…vampires, guys - come on!), which is all interesting and great, but it’s not in your face; rather it’s the consideration of the cinematography, costume (picture female vampire gliding atop a skateboard wearing Breton style top, trainers and traditional Islamic veil worn as a cape) and music that catches one's attention. All this to say I highly recommend; it’s a fun watch with memorable moments and fantastic music.

My rating: 4
If you liked this, you might like: Control, Only Lovers Left Alive, Slacker, Let the Right One In

Posted by Jessica

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