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Valley of Love (2015)

Unrated | | Drama | 17 June 2015 (France)
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Isabelle and Gérard go to a strange appointment in Death Valley, California. They have not seen each other for years and are here to answer to an invitation from their son Michael, a ... See full summary »


Guillaume Nicloux


Guillaume Nicloux (screenplay), David H. Pickering (translation)
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Cast overview:
Isabelle Huppert ... Isabelle (as Huppert)
Gérard Depardieu ... Gérard (as Depardieu)
Dan Warner ... Paul, homme couple
Aurélia Thiérrée Aurélia Thiérrée ... Femme couple
Dionne Houle ... La vieille dame


Isabelle and Gérard go to a strange appointment in Death Valley, California. They have not seen each other for years and are here to answer to an invitation from their son Michael, a photographer, which they received after his suicide, six months ago. Written by Le Pacte

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Waiting for a miracle to cure lost love and regret.




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Release Date:

17 June 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,849, 27 March 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$28,289, 8 May 2016
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Soundtrack contains long snippets from the soundtrack of David Finchers "Zodiac" Film. See more »


End of November, temperatures would not be as hot as in the film. See more »


Gérard: I'm not letting a Hungarian castrate me, that's for sure
[subtitled version]
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Cowboy's Heart
Composed by Darell Wayne Perry and Jerry Marcum
(P) & © Bruton Music Ltd
Authorised by Universal Publishing Production Music France
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Depressing and not altogether satisfying despite the actors....
20 May 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I love French films and have seen, perhaps, a couple thousand...which is definitely a lot for an American. So, I jumped at the chance to review "Valley of Love". After all, two actors who I have loved in many French movies star in this production, Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu and I was excited to see them again. Plus, sadly, too often actors in their golden years disappear from films...so it was wonderful to see folks in their 60s starring in a film. And, I must say, the film did not over-glamorize them...particularly Depardieu. He's definitely put on weight over the years and appears in boxer shorts during much of the film...a great way to say 'to hell with the world's obsession over weight, beauty and age'! Unfortunately, while I applaud the film for using these folks and de-glamorizing them, the script itself left me very, very cold.

The film is set in Death Valley, California in November. The folks continually complain how oppressively hot it is there, but this is only during the awful summer months when temperatures soar well over 49 Celsius (120 Fahrenheit). Despite what the film says, Novembers are lovely there with average temperatures 25C/77F...and very never a day approaching 38/120. So, ignore this mistake in the film...this huge national park is not all that inhospitable in the Fall.

Isabelle is staying at some resort...waiting. You aren't sure why but soon see that she'd joined by her -ex, Gérard. Slowly do you learn the very strange reason they are there. Apparently, six months earlier, their son killed himself...leaving a very strange letter for each of them. In the letter he promises that if they follow his itinerary exactly in November, he will briefly re-appear to them! This is very strange to say the least and it's pretty obvious that Gérard holds little stock in all this...though he did inexplicably agree to join Isabelle. Through much of their time together, the two are a miserable pair--rarely agreeing on anything and they are a rather crabby couple. It seems pretty obvious why they are no longer together and that they were lousy parents to their son.

What follows is an odd and somewhat surreal film...and one that leaves the viewer very confused as to what really has occurred. The ending is incredibly vague and the entire film left me dissatisfied. I didn't mind the vague ending as much as I just felt like the film wasted some terrific talent and could have done so much more with the characters. Not a terrible film...but one that I really wanted to love and recommend but simply can't.

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