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Shelia Vand plays the Girl, a hijab-clad female vampire who cruises the streets for meals while on a skateboard, in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.

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3.5 out of 4 stars

Written by
Ana Lily Amirpour
Directed by
Ana Lily Amirpour
Starring
Shelia Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh
Classification
14A
Language
English

Combing horror, film noir and westerns, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut feature, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, is a refreshing take on vampire lore.

In a fictional Iranian ghost town, a reclusive creature of the night cloaked in a chador, the Girl (Shelia Vand), exsanguinates men. But when she meets Arash (Arash Marandi), a James Dean like figure with a pet cat, her killer instincts soften.

Shot in black and white, the visuals are as striking as the original concept, and Vand illuminates the screen with a performance that seamlessly switches between stoicism and vulnerability.

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Exploring gender roles and true love, A Girl's bite is felt long after the final scene.

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