Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|La Vallee |
aka "The Valley Obscured By Clouds"
Actors: Jérôme Beauvarlet, Monique Giraudy, Michael Gothard, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Valérie Lagrange
Director: Barbet Schroeder
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Special Interests
Studio: Image Entertainment Release Date: 02/25/2003 Run time: 105 minutes
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Sheri Richardson | Formerly San Jose, CA US, now in the Wilds of OR U | 03/25/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I saw THE VALLEY (Obscured By Clouds) in a theater in the 70s, though probably not on its first-run engagement. What I remember is the imagry, not the music (in hindsight I'm startled Pink Floyd supplied the mostly subtle score), and an awe for the film and an appreciation for the night on walking out of the theater. I remember the ad campaign, but it was a word-of-mouth hit -- "You HAVE to see this movie!"Much of the content is dated to its times, but a surprising portion is not. Remember, too, that the term "hippie" was itself getting dated in 1972, the pursuit of personal pleasures rising, as one bit of dialogue touches on.The DVD transfer is imperfect, but artifacts are not obtrusive. Some of the editing is abrupt, again not detracting from the whole. The film is largely in French with some English and native New Guinean; English subtitles are available, but only accessible by pressing the Subtitles button on the player or remote.As with most art-house films, THE VALLEY is aimed at an adult audience. Contained are full-frontal nudity (both genders), sex, and the frank killing and slaughter of three pigs, as well as themes of sensuality, monogamy, societal rigidity, and natural mood-altering substances."
The mountains and the valley beyond
Doug Anderson | Miami Beach, Florida United States | 01/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Opening scene: Vivian, a diplomats wife, is browsing through the artifacts offered for sale in a grass hut in New Guinea. Vivian is seeking some rare feathers that fetch huge sums at Parisian Boutiques. She is a socialite and yet she is also very comfortable in the very earthy surroundings she finds herself in while her husband is away on business. At first hers seems only a casual curiousity but then in walks a tall blonde hippie stranger who has just returned from the interior with a cache of rare feathers -- after that it is not only feathers she is interested in but the tall blonde stranger as well. Vivian catches a ride with the stranger and accompanies him back to his camp site. As soon as the two enter the tent they see a couple laying naked together. Vivian is surprised and yet also turned on by these very relaxed living conditions. The hippies live very close to the earth and they want to get even closer. In this very sensually open atmosphere the blonde stranger shows Vivian where they intend to go -- it is a place which has no name because it has never been charted as it is invisible from the sky as it is perpetually obscured by clouds. To the hippies this last unmarked place represents a last promise of paradise. Vivian is skeptical of such notions but she cannot resist the heady atmosphere of dreaminess and sensual freedom that this group represents to her and so she decides to leave her socialite existence for awhile and accompany them to La Vallee. The story is very simple and Barbet Schroeder's style is almost documentary simple -- Schroeder produced some of the early new wave films but his own films are nothing like those early 1960's films. More and La Vallee do not draw attention to the director as the new wave films did, Schroeders films concentrate on the vagaries of character and what different experiences feels like. The Pink Floyd soundtrack does more than the dialogue in giving us access to what these characters are going through. Though they are united in their search for paradise, each character is also on a very private journey and the music accents both the shared and private aspects of this cross country quest. One of the most memorable sequences is when the group spends the day with several tribes of New Guinea bushmen who have gathered to recognize their ancestors. Two of the hippies dress in tribal attire and paint themselves and dance along with the tribesman but two do not. Vivian herself does not adorn herself but merely watches the goings-on from a comfortable distance like a journalist while the tall blonde stranger feels a deep depression that he unlike the tribesman will never feel at one with nature. At another point Vivian too will attempt to merge with nature with the help of a hallucinogen but it is only a momentary union. And so the film is dreamy and yet also it is a kind of lament that certain dreams will never be more than dreams.Along with the subtle but perfect mood music by Pink Floyd the cinematography is absolutely exquisite -- New Guinea has never looked so good. I like both More and La Vallee equally well. And yes Michelangelo Antonio's Zabriskie Point is also very good and also features Pink Floyd as well as the Grateful Dead. I think Barbet Schroeder's films are much more organic though and so more pleasing to the instincts than Antonioni's film. Antonioni is very intellectual and even when he gets organic he arrives there by intellectual routes. Herzogs Aguirre is excellent and it is similar in that it is also a search for a mythic paradise but its vision of nature and man is much harsher. Theres a lyric magic in Barbet Schroeders films that simply does not exist anywhere else."
La Vallee - Great for the true Pink Floyd enthusiast
David Hitchcock | Rollinsville, CO United States | 07/26/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Whelp, Ive waited a long time to see this movie. I am quite glad I own it and have seen it. It was not quite worth the 13 year wait to find a good copy, but it was a pleasure to watch. If you are buying this as a Floyd enthusiast, buy it. If you are looking for a good foreign flick, you might wanna check out other movies. The soundtrack by Pink Floyd is quite good and fittingly placed in the movie. The best example of this is of the opening credits. The valley "Obscured by Clouds" song leaves a longing for the truth of the valley. Good movie overall, but it was quite special to hear the Floyd in a different media. True Floyd fan?? Get it. If not, dont bother. Hope this helps."
Obscured By Clouds?!
desolatemm | northern,new jersey | 10/18/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Last year I set out to get my hands on the film, "More" (another Barbet Schoeder film) because the CD was great. Then I came across my very old CD "Obscured By Clouds". So wouldn't you know, I just had to get a copy of "La Vallee" despite, the not-so-great reviews."La Vallee", in my view, is better then "More", and certainly not as dismal. A rich diplomats wife, Vivian played by Bulle Ogier, is a restless "closet" hell raiser, who happens to have money to play with. She goes in search of a rare birds exotic and very beautiful feathers, and very illegal too. She comes across a group of hippies also looking for "a better way" but they will not sell her the feathers, but they do invite her to join their little expetition to "The Valley". However, Vivian is warned that they may not come back... Together they meet many different tribesman, mudmen, birdmen..you get the point. They also don't seem to give a damn about commiting adultry... After a long journey into the rain forest, they all get discouraged, tired, and hungry. One man says, if you listen towards the end of the film, "Ya know, we're never going to make it there." The other man replies, "we must keep going." Now, you never actually see this valley, but right at the end of the film, Vivan says while pointing, "There it is, I see it." -Fin- Yeah, and we never really know if they are all just delirious or high, or really there... This is a nice film, a rather boring and dry during the last hour or so; excellent score by Pink Floyd - which is the only reason I honestly purchased this-filmed beautifully in a rainforest of New Guinea. BUT, WHERE'S THE VALLEY?!"