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Das finstere Tal (2014)

Not Rated | | Mystery, Western | 13 February 2014 (Germany)
Through a hidden path a lone rider reaches a little town high up in the Alps. Nobody knows where the stranger comes from, nor what he wants there. But everyone knows that they don't want him to stay.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carmen Gratl ...
Helmuth Häusler ...
Hubert Brenner (as Helmuth A. Hausler)
Martin Leutgeb ...
Johannes Nikolussi ...
Rudolf Brenner (as Johann Nikolussi)
Florian Brückner ...
Heinz Ollesch ...
Franz Xaver Brückner ...
Beatrix Brunschko ...
Mutter Lukas
Vater Lukas


Through a hidden path a lone rider reaches a little town high up in the Alps. Nobody knows where the stranger comes from, nor what he wants there. But everyone knows that they don't want him to stay.

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Mystery | Western


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13 February 2014 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The Dark Valley  »


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€6,350,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Official submission of Austria to the best foreign language film category of the 87th Academy Awards 2015. See more »


When Greider shoots one of the Brenner brothers, you can see he is wearing a boot with plastic injection tread. See more »


[first lines]
Luzi: [narrating] Some things may not be spoken of - things from the past - from long ago. But this does not mean you can ever forget them. There are things that can never be forgotten.
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Musik:Max Borchardt, Emanuel Krimplstätter & Matthäus Weber
text:Max Borchardt
published by BMG Rights Managements GmpH, Atze & Keule Musikvirlag
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A 6 star movie that gets 10
21 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

For the story I would give 6 Stars, because in this movie, you will see rather stereotypical, flat characters with no character development and the story could be a bit faster. So, why did I give 10 stars?

First of all, it is an Austrian movie. This does not make a movie better and in fact, I dislike most Austrian movies. But this one is special in a way. I think in order to understand this, one needs to understand how I (and other Austrians) perceive German and Austrian movies.

Most German movies do not come up to the beautiful cinematography of this movie. This is interesting, because Germany has a larger market than Austria. Yes, at times there was a frame too much, but the cinematography is pretty good.

One has to understand, that Austrians are pretty influenced by the genre of "Heimatfilm", which portrays a rather idyllic world. Austria has a rather low crime rate and when we see American movies, it seems to be impossible that such a movie could work in Austria. We do not shoot people in the alps, we go hiking and skiing.

Another thing is the language. Most German movies use standard language, which is a big problem. We are used to hear the voices of extremely good dubbing actors in Hollywood movies and when we listen to the voices of regular actors in German movies, the performance is usually laughable. This movie on the other hand, uses the Tyrolean dialect. This makes the movie much more authentic (and unfortunately harder to understand for Germans). In a way, this was a risky move, because Germans might dislike this, but on the other hand, this largely contributes to the contradicting nature of this film.

This movie creates something impossible: A western in the alps with Hollywood like cinematography and people who speak like farmers.

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