Das finstere Tal (The Dark Valley)


Das finstere Tal (The Dark Valley)

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A solitary stranger appears in a mountain village high in the Alps, stirring unease among the locals as he frigid winds of winter blow in. Subsequently taken in by the local patriarch, the mysterious newcomer becomes the subject of grim speculation after two of his host's sons perish under mysterious circumstances.

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Critic Reviews for Das finstere Tal (The Dark Valley)

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  • 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.

    Dec 3, 2015 | Full Review…
  • A western true to the spirit of the genre. [Full review in Spanish]

    Jun 27, 2016 | Full Review…
  • This takes itself far too seriously and suffers greatly as a result.

    Feb 17, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 14, 2014 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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?

Walter M.
Walter M.

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