The Dark Valley

The Dark Valley (Das finstere Tal)

Sam Riley, The Dark Valley (Das finstere Tal) (c) film movement
Sam Riley, The Dark Valley (Das finstere Tal) (c) film movement
Austria/Germany, 2014, color, widescreen, 115 minutes, German, English with English
Director/Editor: Andreas Prochaska Screenplay: Martin Ambrosch, Prochaska, from the novel by Thomas Willmann Producers: Helmut Grasser, Stefan Arndt With: Sam Riley, Paula Beer, Tobias Moretti, Clemens Schick, Helmuth A. Häusler, Martin Leutgeb Sales: Films Distribution (Paris, France)


Co-producer Stefan Arndt (Run, Lola, Run) has referenced both Once Upon a Time in the West and The White Ribbon to describe director Andreas Prochaska’s widescreen Alpine Heimat western The Dark Valley, and he’s right on the money. When the taciturn German-speaking American photographer Greider (Sam Riley, Control) arrives unannounced in a remote and insulated village, he rouses the suspicions of the sinisterly tight-knit community. Inevitably, Greider’s presence serves a purpose that involves revenge and, hopefully, redemption. Chock full of familiar western tropes presented through the prism of mysterious local customs in an exotic location, The Dark Valley is a somber, rewarding genre triumph.—Eddie Cockrell



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