Das finstere Tal (2014)
Runtime: 114 min
Genre : Western
Movie Release : 13 February 2014 (Germany)
Director: Andreas Prochaska
Writers: Martin Ambrosch, Andreas Prochaska.
Stars: Sam Riley, Tobias Moretti, Helmuth Häusler
Country: Austria | Germany
Through a hidden path a lone rider reaches a little town high up in the Alpes. Nobody knows where the stranger comes from, nor what he wants there. But everyone knows that they don’t want him to stay.
Great! The “Western” genre works surprisingly well in the alpine setting. The slow pace of the movie fits the gritty mood perfectly. What starts off like a “Whodunit?” quickly turns into a vendetta as the underlying plot is slowly revealed. Visually the film is expertly done and on par with any triple-A Hollywood movie. The acting is top notch by the whole cast. Some critics have complained that the movie takes itself too seriously and lacks humor. I think this is completely missing the point: a movie called “The Dark Valley” is clearly not angled like a dark comedy. Furthermore, nineteenth century winter life in an isolated mountain town is anything but fun, lending credibility to the concise dialogue and harshness of expression of the characters. The immersion is great, the story works well and thus the movie is definitely a must see in my opinion.
The Dark Valley Movie Trailer