Girls Shouldn’t Walk Alone at Night

Drama, 17 min

Stranded at a remote beach, friends Delphine and Chantal lay their feelings bare to each other.

 

It is at its core an initiation journey, a self-discovery road.

Girls Shouldn’t Walk Alone at Night because they might have the time of their lives. This Canadian short film by Katerine Martineau is a visual exploration of an  honest, captivating bond between two young women.

Chantal (Amaryllis Tremblay) and Delphine (Nahéma Ricci) are on their way back from a late-night high school graduation party. We’re first introduced to Chantal and her brooding expression, suggesting that she isn’t in her element at the party, followed by an uncomfortable interaction with an older man, who was supposed to be the two girls’ ride home. Left alone with him for a brief moment, his insinuations and unrequired touch both startle and annoy Chantal. She gets off his car and walks into the night. Delphine follows and the real party is just beginning. The road home (…or is it home?) is unexpected, mysterious, dangerous at times, whimsical at others, meaningful. Surrounded by wild landscape and only having each other to rely on, the characters explore their bond and just enjoy the ride, and you can’t help yourself but doing the same.

Girls Shouldn’t Walk Alone at Night is that pure, unfiltered, sincere experience we remember with a smile and a touch of nostalgia. It is youth, carelessness, excitement. The short film’s realism makes it intimate, the close-ups are well used to construct the characters and offer a glimpse into their inner lives. The colour coding, probably intentional, is twisted. While Delphine is dressed in pink and has a more stereotypical feminine look and Chantal’s dress is light blue, Delphine seems to be the more assertive one. Bold and reckless, Delphine leads the way, steps first into the muddy water with her sparkly sandals, climbs back up and helps Chantal afterwards. The dialogue is scarce, but the film doesn’t need too many words. With the graduation party, the girls are leaving the world they know behind and literally walk into the unknown, trying to find their way and themselves. It is at its core an initiation journey, a self-discovery road. While they do seek male help initially, they reject it when it’s trying to force its way into their narrative and their experience becomes theirs and theirs only.

The intimacy and honesty of this short film make it beautiful and worthwhile. You can still catch it until the 28th of March at BFI Flare. From the same director and cast, check out Waiting for Lou and Antigone, both films built around strong female characters and for more LBTQ films, visit our VOD platform.

This article was written by:

Maria Mantaluta

Maria Mantaluta

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Maria is a Romanian art and film lover, with degrees in art history and media. She enjoys volunteering for various film and art events, as well as being a part of vibrant, diverse teams. She has a passion for writing and hopes to turn her passions, interests and actual degrees into a profession.

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