In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.

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Ana Lily Amirpour
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Credited cast:
Sheila Vand ... The Girl
Arash Marandi ... Arash
Marshall Manesh ... Hossein 'The Junkie'
Mozhan Marnò ... Atti 'The Prostitute'
Dominic Rains ... Saeed 'The Pimp'
Rome Shadanloo ... Shaydah 'The Princess'
Milad Eghbali Milad Eghbali ... The Street Urchin
Reza Sixo Safai ... Rockabilly
Ray Haratian ... The Boss 'Commercil'
Ana Lily Amirpour ... Skeleton Partygirl
Pej Vahdat ... DJ Porno
Masuka The Cat Masuka The Cat ... The Cat (as Masuka)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maruti Garikiparthi Maruti Garikiparthi ... Marcus (as Maruti Gariki)
Caitlin Reza Caitlin Reza ... The girl
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An Iranian Vampire Western, shot in black&white and with a killer soundtrack... it's a love story about two tortured souls in a desolate Iranian Ghost-town called 'Bad City', where a lonely vampire is stalking the towns most depraved denizens. Written by Anonymous

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The first Iranian Vampire Western


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By its distinctive rear bumper , the car is a 1957 Ford Thunderbird. See more »

Goofs

About 10 minutes, Arash is shown trimming a hedge. However, he is using the wrong tool. He should be using (long-bladed) hedge clippers; in fact he is using "loppers". These are normally used for cutting small branches (1"-2" diameter), not leaves. See more »

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The Girl: I'm bad.
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Thirsty's Return
Written by Collin Hegna and Carl Werner
Performed by Federale
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Dead Girl Walking
28 March 2015 | by ShadowplayedSee all my reviews

This was one of the most anticipated art-house horror films. The fact it's done in Persian with Iranian director and crew absolutely peeks every filmophile's interest. Unfortunately, the hype surrounding it sometimes works against anticipated releases like this, but the wait was worth it.

A Girl Walks Home...was heavily influenced by Jim Jarmusch's aesthetic, like a love letter to this director. A vampire western with a touch of romance - something I haven't seen before. Let's see if this unusual combination worked... The last few years were great for vampire subgenre, reviving it with a few films that have became instant favorites and, in my opinion, deserve their place in film history.

Let The Right One In and Only Lovers Left Alive are notable examples, and now A Girl has joined them, forming fantastic trinity of style, ideas, cinematography and unparalleled atmosphere. Modern vampire subgenre works best in authentic urban surroundings, with as little action sequences as possible, focusing on loneliness, inner turmoil of the characters, existentialism and sometimes unlikely companionship between humans and vamps. A Girl has it all, adding extra cultural layer to these key ingredients.

Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive have set vampire tale in Western and Eastern world both, and A Girl... paints excerpts of Iranian life. (Although filmed in California) the rest is authentic. This black&white picture offers style and atmosphere, quiet, meditative and rarely violent, it's filled with music and shadows. There is a running thread of social commentary although the town and premise are fictional.

Mysterious titular 'Girl' in fictional town named 'Bad Town' stalks the residents quietly, watching them go about their routines, helping the weak and good, punishing the crooked and corrupt. We know absolutely nothing about The Girl, but there is a pattern...unlike women in Iran, she has a certain, albeit supernatural power, and she uses it to punish men who have bullied others and wallowed in vices. Even if I'm only reading into this, I thought this was liberating in the context of the culture that's old and rich but traditionally repressive against women.

However, The Girl is not some feminist vigilante fixing to destroy the mankind, just like Eli in Let the Right One In, she protects those in need. Unlike Eli, The Girl does not look for symbiotic relationship with disposable humans, the companionship she forms with Arash is of different nature. Big shout out to Masuka the cat, the talent and screen presence is fantastic and adorable. One lovely and immersing cinematic experience, bravo, Miss Amirpour!


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Country:

USA

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

20 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Taft, California, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$491,910

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$546,352
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2.35 : 1
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