Perhaps a tad undercooked plot-wise, this feature film debut about a Persian-speaking girl vampire nonetheless soars with uniqueness and has style to spare. Shot in seductive B&W with an uncanny feel for atmosphere and iconography, the slow-burning horror-romance looks drop-dead gorgeous top to bottom. Even more vital to its somewhat twisted appeal is the compelling marriage of desire and mortality, which hovers constantly around the edge, ever-threatening but endlessly teasing like a pair of gleaming white fangs.
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night | Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour (USA 2014) with Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi. Starts April 23.
Originally posted in issue #137, April 2015