Valley Of Love

Valley Of Love poster

Valley Of Love movie poster

Valley of Love is kind of a concept work, reuniting powerhouse French film couple Isabelle Huppert and Gerard Depardieu, 35 years after Maurice Pialat’s iconic Loulou. The rendez-vous is this time set in California’s Death Valley, following their son’s death and this is mostly a pretext to allow them to visit the ghosts of their past and make us witness their interaction onscreen. This scorching setting, rich in symbols, is reminiscent of Antonioni’s masterpiece Zabriskie Point, which other filmmakers tried to unsuccessfully revisit, most notably French director Bruno Dumont’s 29 Palms.

Valley of love is about love, grief and illusions, along a cathartic journey which outcome is pretty predictable about helping them find themselves. Created for the two iconic French actors, the movie lets them freely showcase their immense talent through complicity and introspective dialogues. And this where lies the film’s strength, rather than in its quite naïve screenplay. Valley of Love almost has a documentary-feel, the actors being so natural and believable in roles that echo real-life: Mr. Depardieu (Cyrano de Bergerac) now looks tired and fragile, contrasting with his younger and more scandalous self. As for Ms. Huppert (The Piano Teacher), she seems to have found stability and freedom in the middle of the vast, deserted landscape.
Despite being carried by these two performances, the movie however lacks an emotional depth that should have accompanied such a reflexive excursion.

Failing to take advantage of its somewhat suffocating, intimate and minimalist premise, Valley of Love is never able to go pass its conceptual nature, which is unfortunate.

Director: Guillaume Nicloux – Actors: Gérard Depardieu, Isabelle Huppert – Running Time: 1:33 – Year: 2015 – Country: France
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Moland Fengkov

Moland Fengkov

Based in Paris, Moland is a journalist and photographer; He is more particularly responsible for covering the Cannes film festival for Plume Noire, writing movie reviews and taking gorgeous pictures.
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