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3.2
157 Ratings

Valley of Love

Directed by Guillaume Nicloux
France, 2015
Drama

Synopsis

Elle and Gerard have lost their six month year old son. Yet they have received a letter for an appointment made by him to meet at “The Valley of Death” in the heart of the United States. Despite the absurdity of the situation, the father and mother decide to go…

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Valley of Love Directed by Guillaume Nicloux

Awards & Festivals

César Awards

2016 | Winner: Best Cinematography

2016 | 2 nominations including: Best Actor

Nicloux’s smartest decision is the casting of Huppert alongside Depardieu as grieving divorced parents summoned to Death Valley by the ghost of their departed son, and the act alone of watching them go through the gauntlet together summons up their accumulated screen histories alongside one another in ways that deepen their already superlative turns. The film’s surreal premise only builds toward stranger and spookier territory, and ultimately a transcendent climax that just about knocked me out.
January 06, 2017
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There are mildly intriguing layers to the material, particularly if you are at all au fait with the real lives of the two leads. But the whimsical overlaps between real and fictionalised personas add little but the odd insider titter, the clever casting doing little to amplify the story of a couple going to insane ends to mourn their son.
August 12, 2016
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It’s a little jarring to see these two one-time emblems of rebellion in the roles of aged parents who just didn’t understand, but of course that’s part of the film’s point. Youthful impudence is a great and sometimes useful thing, but it is, alas, practically unsustainable… These characters, and the actors playing them, get it very, very well. It’s in the way that Depardieu and Huppert can convey an aspect of phenomenological rue that gives this sometimes muddled movie its ultimate value.
March 25, 2016
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