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The Dark Valley (2014)
"Das finstere Tal" (original title)

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Through a hidden path a lone rider reaches a little town high up in the Alpes. 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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Helmuth Häusler ...
Hubert Brenner
Martin Leutgeb ...
Otto Brenner
Johannes Nikolussi ...
Rudolf Brenner
Luis Brenner
Florian Brückner ...
Edi Brenner
Hans-Michael Rehberg ...
Erwin Steinhauer ...
Franz Xaver Brückner ...
Xenia Assenza ...
Carmen Gratl ...
Paula Beer ...
Beatrix Brunschko ...
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Through a hidden path a lone rider reaches a little town high up in the Alpes. 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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Release Date:

13 February 2014 (Germany)  »

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The Dark Valley  »

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€6,350,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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A 6 star movie that gets 10
21 February 2014 | by (Austria) – 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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