Valley Of Love (2016)


Critic Consensus: Powerful performances from Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu help Valley of Love compensate for the drift of a story that doesn't fully explore its intriguing themes.


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Isabelle and Gérard go to a strange appointment in Death Valley, California. They have not seen each other for years and are here to answer to an invitation from their son Michael, a photographer, which they received after his suicide, six months ago. Despite the absurdity of the situation, they decide to follow the initiatory program designed by Michael...

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Critic Reviews for Valley Of Love

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (8)

In such a spare and intimate story, Huppert and Depardieu are riveting.

Mar 25, 2016 | Full Review…

It's in the way that Depardieu and Huppert can convey an aspect of phenomenological rue that gives this sometimes muddled movie its ultimate value.

Mar 25, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

This movie is finally only about Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu, and that's enough.

Mar 24, 2016 | Full Review…

It's such a pleasure to be in Huppert and Depardieu's joint company that the film's failure to coalesce is to some degree forgivable, or just ignorable.

Mar 24, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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A project that gives its leads little to do other than complain about the heat and bad cellphone reception and look askance at American boorishness.

Mar 22, 2016 | Full Review…

The dynamic between the stars feels overly familiar at first (he's the incorrigible but good-hearted boor, she's the irritable scold), but their comfortable rapport is one of the film's most potent assets.

Feb 29, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Valley Of Love

A clear example of nepotism at the Cannes Film Festival (it would have never competed if it were not French), and the beautiful cinematography and great actors cannot do much to save a terribly dull narrative that relies on such an awful amount of inelegant exposition.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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The desperate search for the lost child, and as a corollary, for love as well. The desert is hot and dry, vast and mountainous and the physicalities of Huppert, with her bitterness and flame-coloured looks, and Depardieu who is monumental, reflect it exactly. The desert echoes their profound loneliness. The film portrays the loss that happens now so easily In the age of blocking, deleting, unfriending and the like, and even the resort only to skype for contact. The acting performances are sans pareil; you find out how naturalistic they are, because of how uncomfortable you feel, even when they are being humorous, which is often enough. The fantastic landscapes and the oppressive atmosphere pose a constant menace. You are carried along and surprised when it ends. For adults only, this is an item of classic proportions.

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