A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night: Review

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The image of a girl vampire, captured in black-and-white, smoky eyes and dark lips, sweeping downhill on a skateboard in the middle of the night, her black Iranian chandor flowing behind her, is not easily forgotten. It’s also easy to read the image as a feminist one: a re-appropriation of the traditional Iranian cloak worn by women. But this is not how director Ana Lily Amirpour sees it, explained Black Sheep editor Virginie Selavy introducing the film at this year’s Flatpack Festival. Instead, Amirpour, who is also releasing a series of new graphic novels to accompany the film, visualises the long black chador as akin to a superhero cape.

“Amirpour visualises the long black chador as akin to a superhero cape”

Even so, her debut feature A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night has clear feminist threads. The Girl (Sheila Vand) preys on men and, on more than one occasion…

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