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Das finstere Tal (2014)

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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.

Director:

Andreas Prochaska

Writers:

Martin Ambrosch (screenplay), Andreas Prochaska (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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26 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Riley ... Greider
Tobias Moretti ... Hans Brenner
Paula Beer ... Luzi
Thomas Schubert ... Lukas
Carmen Gratl Carmen Gratl ... Gaderin
Clemens Schick ... Luis Brenner
Helmuth Häusler Helmuth Häusler ... Hubert Brenner (as Helmuth A. Hausler)
Martin Leutgeb Martin Leutgeb ... Otto Brenner
Johannes Nikolussi Johannes Nikolussi ... Rudolf Brenner (as Johann Nikolussi)
Florian Brückner Florian Brückner ... Edi Brenner
Heinz Ollesch Heinz Ollesch ... Schmied
Franz Xaver Brückner Franz Xaver Brückner ... Franz
Xenia Assenza ... Maria
Beatrix Brunschko Beatrix Brunschko ... Mutter Lukas
Gerhard Liebmann ... Vater Lukas
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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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Genres:

Mystery | Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Austria | Germany

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

13 February 2014 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dark Valley See more »

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Budget:

€6,350,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[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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Sinner Man
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Arrangement/Interpretation: Clara Luzia & Katharina Priemar
Performed by Clara Luzia
Recording & mix: Philipp Nikodem-Eichenhardt
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Gripping - see it!
29 September 2014 | by isomeraseSee all my reviews

Great! The "Western" genre works surprisingly well in the alpine setting. The slow pace of the movie fits the gritty mood perfectly. What starts off like a "Whodunit?" quickly turns into a vendetta as the underlying plot is slowly revealed. Visually the film is expertly done and on par with any triple-A Hollywood movie. The acting is top notch by the whole cast. Some critics have complained that the movie takes itself too seriously and lacks humor. I think this is completely missing the point: a movie called "The Dark Valley" is clearly not angled like a dark comedy. Furthermore, nineteenth century winter life in an isolated mountain town is anything but fun, lending credibility to the concise dialogue and harshness of expression of the characters. The immersion is great, the story works well and thus the movie is definitely a must see in my opinion.


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