Director Ana Lily Amirpour appears in the film playing Shirin, the girl with the skeleton makeup and shirt at the party. Although called "Shirin" in the party scene, in the credits she is listed as "Skeleton Partygirl" See more »
Although the movie is set in the Iranian ghost-town Bad City. Two locomotives from the California area are seen at the power plant after The Girl gets her ears pierced. Two engines, one marked CEFX 3048 and one marked Railink RLK 2121 are seen pulling some GATX corporation cars. CEFX 3048's and RLK 2121's normal area of operations would be in California. See more »
I stumbled upon this by accident and am delighted i wasn't put off by the slow start and gave this film the attention it deserved.
It's a slow placed, stylistic and beautifully shot film about personal redemption and moral lines. There is minimal dialogue but that works well for film noir. The focus is on atmosphere and a stunning soundtrack to bring the emotions of the characters to life, rather than words.
If you like fast paced action horrors, this won't be for you. If you want something more subtle without graphic gore but subtle emotional horror played out through flawed, though slightly clichéd, characters, then this film is wonderful.
I hope you enjoy it.
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