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'A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night' has a definite bite
'A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night' has a definite bite

A vampire is such a handy creature for filmmakers in search of a metaphor or two. Mortality is usually the first bite, and Ana Lily Amirpour's stunning first feature, "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night," definitely takes a stab at that. But it is the way in which the writer-director uses the specter of vampires and vices to take an off-center cut at Iranian gender politics and U.S.-Eurocentric pop culture that sets the film apart. They might seem poles apart, but the mashup is unexpectedly on the nose, or neck, or wherever else a vampire might choose to feed. The Iranian American filmmaker, who was born in London but grew up in Miami and now lives in California, builds...

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