Das finstere Tal (The Dark Valley)2014
Das finstere Tal (The Dark Valley) (2014)
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Critic Reviews for Das finstere Tal (The Dark Valley)
Riley gives a sensitive performance as the iconic stranger, but director Andreas Prochaska (a TV veteran who has edited some of Michael Haneke's work) shows less assurance with his film's relentlessly brooding tone.
Centered on an uninvolving hero, and proceeding in unsurprising ways, the film's cinematographic competence can't compensate for an overwhelming sense of "ok, and?" to the whole endeavor.
The dark atmosphere is complemented by some fairly effective gory deaths, but the film frequently goes over the top in its seriousness and intensity.
Captures a rather poetic ambience, even as it manages to neglect both its protagonist and rather garish details that skews the film into horror film territory.
Audience Reviews for Das finstere Tal (The Dark Valley)
A well-written and incredibly tense Austrian Western that takes its time to build an engrossing atmosphere and benefits all the more from a strong cast, a gripping revenge story and a spectacular cinematography that explores the locations to their greatest extent.
In "The Dark Valley," Greider(Sam Riley), a photographer, travels to a remote valley. Luckily, there is room at the inn run by Luzi(Paula Beer) and her aunt. In return, Luzi asks Greider for a photo of her and her fiance Lukas(Thomas Schubert), before their wedding. She also tries to warn Greider about how the town may be too tough for him, before he finds out firsthand. "The Dark Valley" is certainly a well-filmed movie, and the photography angle is an intriguing one. But really, there is nothing else to separate this movie from every other slow moving, obvious, violent 19th century tale of revenge that you have seen before. Well, it is in German...does that count?
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