An empty, thought pretty, exercise in pastiche and stylization. I found it lacking in plot (moved at a snail's pace), character (thin and poorly motivated), and aesthetics (cliched and rudimentary) and it wasn't very surprising or scary. The direction is passionate but this falls into the 'nice try' category for me. It also seemed to be in love with western culture but without insight into Iran.
I was hoping this would unpack alot of subversive political complexities given such a good concept, but it didn't have a strong stance on where it was going. Sure, it sounds like a cool film to watch when you read the summary, but it isn't saying anything new other than the fact that she is a vampire. The environment makes up for it though.
Zizek said, at a recent talk, that it's in the tension between form and content that cinema is found. Which, when your film is as pretty and soulless as your characters (see what I did there?), makes for some pretty flaccid viewing. As tedious as it is stylish. (Though, to its credit, it did raise the interesting question of whether vampires get high on drug-blood.) The cat stole the show.
As if the director was pranked to randomly drawn cards from several different boxes to make a movie. Box 1: Jim Jarmusch. Box 2: vampire. Box 3: Iranian New Wave. Then the rest is history. Between this, Only Lovers Left Alive, and What We Do In The Shadows, the vampire genre is proving once again that it won’t losing their teeth (pardon the pun) anytime soon.
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.
I really don't get the hipster accusations leveled at this, though I'm sure Tarantino got the same shit when he first started out. Sure, there a few touchstones that are indie cliches; director too in love with soundtrack, superfluous scenes (party and transgendered person with balloon to name a couple). This just reminded me of a fun popcorn foreign flick, what the hell is wrong with that?
Ugh. Movie in which young people appear desperate to be cool predicated on the drive to itself be cool. Such is the path to vapidity. At least I think it's vapid. Maybe the Iranian diaspora will pick up on stuff I'm missing. It will, doubtlessly, change the lives of a handful of teenage girls for the better. I also love the title and love watching Sheila Vand. When is Almereyda's Nadja coming out on Blu-ray?
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.