Directed by Guillaume Nicloux.
Starring Gerard Depardieu, Isabelle Huppert and Dan Warner.
An estranged married couple meet at a resort village near Death Valley. Their son committed suicide six months ago, leaving letters asking both of them to be in the national park on specific days, because he’ll re-appear to them. So they put their personal animosity aside out of respect for his wishes.
A woman drags her wheeled suitcase on the long, hot walk to her room on a remote resort village. The camera follows her from behind and the jangling strings of the soundtrack make you anticipate either a thriller or a horror. But it’s a red herring and it’s not the first in this perplexing film. When we eventually see her face, we realise she’s Isabelle Huppert. The following day, she reluctantly meets up with Gerard Depardieu.
Valley of Love