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The Dark Valley (2015)
Series: Film Movement series #12, film 12


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Published: [New York, NY] : Film Movement, [2015] Prince Frederick, MD : RB Media ©2015
Series: Film Movement series
Description:  1 videodisc (114 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN/ISSN: 9786315773938, 9781490679808, 1490679804, 6315773931 :,
Language:  English

Based on the novel "Das Finstere Tal" by Thomas Willmann

Originally released as a motion picture in 2014

Bonus features: Behind-the-scenes featurette ; deleted scenes ; Bonus short film, The gunfighter (9 min.) / directed by Eric Kissack

Sam Riley, Tobias Moretti, Paula Beer, Thomas Schubert, Carmen Gratl

When mysterious outsider, Greider, rides into town for the winter, everyone wants him gone. Refusing to leave, Greider sparks into motion a series of deadly events in this thrilling revenge western

MPAA rating: Not rated

DVD, NTSC, region 1, wide screen (2.35:1), 5.1 surround

In original German or dubbed English, with optional subtitles in English; closed-captioned

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Additional Credits:
Prochaska, Andreas, 1964- film director, screenwriter
Kissack, Eric, film director
Ambrosch, Martin, 1964- screenwriter
Grasser, Helmut, film producer
Arndt, Stefan, film producer
Riley, Sam, 1980- actor
Moretti, Tobias, actor
Beer, Paula, 1995- actor
Schubert, Thomas, actor
Gratl, Carmen, 1969- actor
Willmann, Thomas, 1969-
Film Movement (Firm),
Allegro Film (Firm),
X Filme Creative Pool,

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Lone Rider

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The Dark Valley is precisely what the title says. This dark Danish film, Das finstere Tal (original title), is shot in Val Senales, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy. It features a rising young star, Sam Riley, as the brooding, deeply conflicted, stranger who arrives totally unwanted to a remote valley at the foot of the Alps. When asked what his business is (before rudely being told to turn his horse around and ride back the way he came) he says that he's a photographer.

The answer is problematic on many levels. The valley is a closed community that is ruled by a land-baron and his many sons. Male strangers are always turned away. Since no one knows what a photograph is, the novelty is the new visitor's free pass. Winter is coming and once it sets in, the mountain pass will become closed by the snow. The stranger, Greider, in need of lodging, is forced upon a mother and her soon-to-wed daughter.

This film's powerful in its lack of color. All the scenes are dark and dreary which helps create the feeling that the valley village is encompassed and even consumed by evil. The plot is a mystery that isn't hard to figure out; however, the film's an ode to the gritty, tight Westerns of the '60's and '70's - a period in films where the hero is a loner, fighting incredible odds, non-supported by the suppressed citizens, but is willing to die for his cause.

This film is a psychological study of man-the-manipulator. It is not for everyone’s taste, but it worth a watch.
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