Das finstere Tal (The Dark Valley) 2014

The Dark Valley

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In 19th-century Austria, war erupts between a traveler (Sam Riley) and a local family after one of their members dies under mysterious circumstances.

Cast & Crew

Tobias Moretti
Hans Brenner
Helmuth A. Haeusler
Hubert Brenner
Martin Leutgeb
Otto Brenner
Johannes Nikolussi
Rudolf Brenner
Clemens Schick
Luis Brenner
Florian Brückner
Edi Brenner
Martin Ambrosch
Screenwriter
Uwe Schott
Executive Producer
Matthias Weber
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Thomas W. Kiennast
Cinematographer
Daniel Prochaska
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Nessie Nesslauer
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Critic Reviews for Das finstere Tal (The Dark Valley)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (4)

  • 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.

    December 3, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The dark atmosphere is complemented by some fairly effective gory deaths, but the film frequently goes over the top in its seriousness and intensity.

    August 19, 2020 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 9, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A western true to the spirit of the genre. [Full review in Spanish]

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

    February 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.

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

Audience Reviews for Das finstere Tal (The Dark Valley)

  • Apr 26, 2015
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2015
    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 Super Reviewer

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