“Quirky” is an overused adjective in describing independent films, but in the case of the recent Iranian movie (made, I think, by expatriates), A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, it is fitting. This is Ana Lily Amirpour’s first feature-length film. Shot in black and white and with the clever use of quick cuts from one scene to the next, it has an art-house feel without being the least bit pretentious.
It centers on a young vampiress (Shelia Vand) who chooses some of her victims because of their wickedness. One night, as she is prowling, she meets a drug-addled man, Arash (Arash Marandi), trying to get home from a costume party at a night club. (He is dressed as Dracula.) She feels sorry for him, and they wind up falling in love. Arash’s widowed father, Hossein (Marshall Manesh), is a whiny drug addict who was introduced to drugs by the sinister, if absurd, pimp Saeed (Dominic Rains). They all live in a town appropriately called Bad City.
The tone of the film varies from horror to goofiness. I suppose the thing might fairly be called a horror farce, with the farcical elements being generally understated. It is a film for those with a taste for the absurd.