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Le val d'enfer (1943)

Near a quarry, men work under a blistering sun.A forty-something ,mad about his young wife, takes his parents to a home for retired people.



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Complete credited cast:
Gabrielle Fontan ...
La mère Bienvenu
Nicole Chollet ...
Colette Régis ...
La religieuse
Noël Bienvenu
Édouard Delmont ...
Le père Bienvenu
Lucien Gallas ...
Cagnard (as Blavette)
André Reybaz ...
Bastien Bienvenu
Paul Fournier ...


The action takes place in a quarry where men sweat under a blistering sun (104°F in the shade!). 41 year old man marries a gorgeous girl Marthe who is much younger than he is .That gal was once some kind of a hooker,but she's his best friend's daughter and besides she's so lovely.The bride,recalling Flaubert's Madame Bovary cannot stand the vulgarity and the crudeness of people around her. In the house ,there are also the man's folks.Old people and old pieces of furniture .While falling in love with a young man who works on a boat near the career,Marthe urges her hubby to get rid of the old tables,cupboards and to replace them with Formica ones. Next step is getting rid of the in-laws.She does not appear when they celebrate their golden wedding .Soon they feel like intruders ,they too are old pieces of furniture and they ask their beloved son to take them to an old people's home . Written by dbdumonteil

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Release Date:

22 September 1943 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Valley of Hell  »

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Sound Mix:

(Klangfilm Eurocord)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A Vichy-era double-edged sword
17 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

The "valley of hell" is a stone quarry in rural France and when its boss marries the wayward daughter of his deceased best friend, she sets about tearing his family asunder. The tale's an old chestnut that's been done many times before and since (THE SQUALL '29, GUEST IN THE HOUSE '44, LURE OF THE SILA, SUSANA '51, LOUISIANA HUSSY '59) but in Nazi-occupied France it must have resonated as a double-edged sword for while the film can be seen as a paean to Pétain's ideology of "Work, Family, Country", Maurice Tourneur's provincial melodrama can also be claimed by the Resistance as a metaphor for "fighting fire with fire" when a destructive interloper threatens home and hearth. Highly recommended.

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