Irish Film Institute -VALLEY OF LOVE



92 mins, France, 2015, Subtitled, Digital

This film was released 12th August 2016, and is no longer screening.

★★★★★ –

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Reunited for the first time since Maurice Pialat’s Loulou (1980) in the new film from Guillaume Nicloux 
(The Nun, 2013; The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq, 2014), Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu play an estranged couple meeting at a motel in California’s Death Valley. Both had been instructed to go there in letters written by their son, with whom each had a troubled relationship, before 
he committed suicide, letters which also included precise instructions as to times in which they must be in certain places; if they do as asked, he writes, he would meet them at 
the final location.

In adding this enigmatic, supernatural element to what might otherwise have been a straightforward depiction of mourning, Nicloux has created something much more intriguing, tinged with the surreal, and frequently accompanied by a particularly apt piece of music composed by Charles Ives. (Notes by Kevin Coyne.)

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