Unlike Jarmusch, Ana Lily doesn't even try to make you believe that some deep shit is going on. The characters are defined by what clothes they wear, what car they drive and what songs they listen to. And they know it. It is precisely the loneliness and desperation that arise from this futile search for identity that end up humanizing the sad caricatures we see in this incredibly authentic film.
So stylish and moody. I still believe it's in Iranian's blood to make objectively good cinema. However, and as once Kiarostami has said, "once a tree is moved to another place, its' fruits will not be as good as they once were."
Draws favourable comparisons with other low-fi monochromatic debuts such as 'Eraserhead' and 'Pi' (now *there's* a triple bill). Pitch-perfect costume design (not something I'd usually notice), electrifying soundtrack (every hipster has the vinyl already, yo), and expect Sheila Vand's vengeful, skateboarding vigilante to adorn the walls of student bedrooms for the next few years. (4.5)
A really incredible film. One of the best Iranian-neo-noir-female-skateboard-riding-vampire flicks I have seen in a long time. The wide format and stark black & white cinematography are exceptional. A lot of the scenes are shot at night in natural light so everything looked very lush and abstract. Ana Lily Amirpour is clearly having fun with this unique mix of genres. I am looking forward to her next project.
A black & white Iranian vampire film with a spaghetti western feel and Iranian rock soundtrack? Yes! Really dug this movie. It's one of those movies that has everything - sneaky good acting, excellent soundtrack, and a gorgeous look and feel to it. It's also a unique hybrid film, playing with many genres, horror and crime/noir to name a few and a nice touch of genuine romance.