A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

by Kevin Taft

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday April 21, 2015

American-made but filmed in Farsi, the critically-acclaimed "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" is a noir-hybrid vampire story that is both gorgeous and original. Equal parts spaghetti western, Tarantino film, and '50s throwback, the film is about a small handful of people and their interaction with a woman who hides a dark secret: She is a vampire.

Filmed in stark black and white, the film utilizes the technique to its advantage, and it looks spectacular on Blu-ray. The blacks are very black, and the contrast is razor-sharp. Since the dress of the woman is standard for the Iranian culture, there is a haunting quality to the way she stands in the shadows, cloaked in darkness. But one of the best scenes is when she finds a skateboard and "flies" down the middle of a street at night with her chador floating behind her. It's a stunning image in a film that's filled with them.

While the story here is simple, and the pacing can sometimes be challenging, this is the mark of a gifted filmmaker (Ana Lily Amirpour) who certainly has a long career ahead of her.

The Kino Lorber Blu-ray release is beautiful, as their releases tend to be. The packaging alone is worth the price, but it also includes a 70-page booklet of the first issue of the graphic novel, and an essay by Eric Kohn.

Included on the disc are an informative Behind the Scenes Documentary, eleven Deleted Scenes, a 45-minute interview with Amirpour moderated by legendary filmmaker Roger Corman, Makeup Tests, Stills Gallery, Location Scouting, and the Trailer. All give great insight into the film and the director herself, who has quite the personality. This is a must for future filmmakers and film buffs!

"A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night"
Blu-ray Collector's Edition

Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to 'Star Wars' and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg.