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The Valley (Obscured by Clouds) (1972)
"La vallée" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  April 1977 (USA)
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Filmmaker Barbet Schroeder explores themes of sexual freedom, mind alteration, and pursuit of paradise against the backdrop of an early 70's encounter with the Mapuga rain forest tribe in upland New Guinea.

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Monique Giraudy ...
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Jean-Pierre Kalfon ...
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Valérie Lagrange ...
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Viviane, a French Consul's wife, is in New Guinea to find exotic feathers for export to Paris. She encounters four European travelers who are en route to "La Vallée": The Valley, high in the Guinean mountains, is shown on maps as 'Obscured by Clouds' and is beyond their previous experiences. Viviane joins their trek to find rare feathers and soon becomes entwined in their journey. Their extended stay with the Mapuga tribe brings a denouement between western and indigenous values before their final quest toward the 'Valley of the Gods'. Written by Neal Wells <nealypie@yahoo.com>

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The soundtrack to this film was released as the Pink Floyd album "Obscured By Clouds". See more »

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Referenced in La Vallée: le avventure di un set (2007) See more »

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An interesting film exploring post-modern Utopianism
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While the film is likely most famous for using Pink Floyd for the soundtrack (Obscured by Clouds), this French film (w/ English subtitles) is quite thought provoking if you take the time to understand what the director is trying to say to the audience. Plenty of Utopian idealism in the film, but it is balanced in the end by some interesting philosophical discussions.

Character development is good albeit a bit dated to late 1960's Hippie culture. Excellent cinematography by Néstor Almendros in remote Papua New Guinea. A really good film for a university French film course. Editing was somewhat disjointed at parts, but this may have been due to the version I was able to see. Try searching for it on the internet if you want to watch it.


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