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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Critic Reviews for Valley Of Love
In such a spare and intimate story, Huppert and Depardieu are riveting.
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.
This movie is finally only about Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu, and that's enough.
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.
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.
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.
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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