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Told through a series of interweaving dramatic stories, The Valley Below chronicles the life of a small town over the course of one year. The film's protagonists include a pregnant teenager, a hard-drinking musician, a reclusive taxidermist, and an ambitious RCMP officer.Written by
The giant green and yellow Tyrannosaurus Rex statue is located at the visitor centre in Drumheller, Alberta. Visitors can climb inside and see a view of the town from inside the dinosaur's mouth. See more »
The Valley Below is Kyle Thomas's directorial debut of a feature-length film and I have to say I'm impressed, especially with the writing. Coming from BC, I always wondered why Albertans are the way they are, and while this movie doesn't exactly answer that, it does give a glimpse of the Albertan condition in various forms: teenage love, alcoholism, family ties, marriage, responsibility, solitude, community and helplessness. Whether a pregnant woman, a drunk man, an optimistic and caring police officer, a successful artist, or whatever, nobody can seem to escape the inward pull of Alberta, the refusal to let go of the last economic haven in Canada.
I admit I only discovered this film on an Air Canada flight, and it was somewhat surreal that the film ended just as we were coming over Alberta. I looked out the window and wondered what kind of enchanting, mystical things were going on down there right at that moment. A first kiss on a deserted mountain range? A drunken brawl in a shady bar? Perhaps one day I will escape to Alberta, and find myself yearning for the condition that shields me from the horrors of the outside world. I hope this filmmaker continues to explore Alberta in its authethenticity.
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