Film Club: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) Written and Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour

Cast

Sheila Vand…                     The Girl

Arash Marandi…               Arash

Marshall Manesh…          Hossein (The Junkie)

Mozhan Marnὸ…             Atti (The Prostitute)

Dominic Rains…                 Saeed (The Pimp)

Rome Shandanloo…        Shaydah (The Princess)

Masuka…                             Masuka (The Cat)

 

Questions

  •  Why do you think the decision was made to name a lot of the characters as archetypal figures, for example ‘The Girl’ or ‘The Cat’? Likewise, what about the decision to set the story in a place known only as Bad City? Is there perhaps a fairy tale or fable quality to this story?
  • How does this fit into the canon of other vampire stories? Consider the fact that the word ‘vampire’ is never even mentioned.
  • The film was made in California, but how does the strong Middle Eastern influence change the way we watch the film? How does the setting relate to Western ideas of vampires as ‘exotic’ and ‘other worldly’? How about the political and gender political context of the film?
  • What do you think of the ‘relationship’ which is formed during the course of the film? How do we know they are in a ‘relationship’?
  • What did you think about the (slow) pacing of the film?
  • What did you think about the soundtrack and use of music and references to musical culture throughout?
  • How much of this film is ambiguous? Do you enjoy ambiguity in a film?
  • How attractive was the film to look at (cinematography)? Why do you think the film was made in black and white?

 

Trivia

 A series of graphic novels have been produced to accompany this film.

In what way does the film remind you of a graphic novel? How does it compare to other films with a similar visual style?

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