This movie has been on my watch list for possibly more than a year and I think it’s about time for me to watch it.
In a small industrial Iranian city known as “Bad city” a city which resembles Sin city where crime and lawlessless reign, a young girl, under a red robe walks around the streets during the nights in order to seek out evil and corrupt men while trying to live a normal life with a young man who she meets one night during one of her walks. The young man, Arash lives home with his drug addicted father slowly falls for her and tries to form a relationship.
Off the bat, it’s easily noticeable that this film is very well made. The style, the cinematography and the soundtrack are all top notch. The atmosphere is absolutely fantastic. Dark, gloomy, creepy and at times very odd. However all of that is definitely overshadowed by the phenomenal soundtrack. There is litte to no dialogue and the movie mostly tells us its story visually and through the performances of the cast which also did a great job. I especially have to mention Arash’s father (played by Marshall Manesh). His scenes were the most memorable and were just very, very dark and creepy.
This movie had all of the right ingredients for it to become a film I would absolutely love but somehow it somehow fell flat. I di dreally lke it, don’t get me wrong, there were way too many pros for me to not like it but somehow it did not just work. There was a lot of style but not a lot of substance. When you make a movie like that it is hard to nail both aspects of it but I can’t hold it against the director and production team. It was written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour in her first directorial debut and it had a very small budget which was obtained through Indiegogo. Taking that into account the movie is actually a great success and I am really looking forward to see the director’s future work.
Final verdict: 7/10