Nominated for the 2015 Cannes Palme d’Or, Guillaume Nicloux's Valley of Love is a poetic and poignant exploration of love and loss set in the blistering heat and alien beauty of Death Valley.
Two of French cinema’s most prolific performers, Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu, reunite to play an estranged couple meeting for the first time in years. Their photographer son Michael has requested they visit a series of remote locations outlined in a note prior to his suicide six months earlier. Respecting their son’s wishes, they put their personal grievances to one side and proceed to confront the wounds of the past.
With stunning César Award winning cinematography of the Californian desert, Valley of Love reignites the chemistry between Depardieu and Huppert, not seen on screen together since Maurice Pialat’s Loulou in 1980. These are tender and deeply felt performances rich with French cinematic history, as well as being some of the finest of both actors’ recent careers.
Isabelle Huppert: Isabelle
Gerard Depardieu: Gérard
Dan Warner: The couple (the man)
Aurelia Thierrée: The couple (the woman)
Guillaume Nicloux: Director / screenplay
Christophe Offenstein: Director of Photography
Olivier Radot: Artistic Direction
Olivier Dô Hùu: Sound
Guy Lecorne: Editing
Charles Ives: Music
Anaïs Romand: Costumes
Producers: Les Films du WORSO (Sylvie Pialat and Benoît Quainon) and LGM Cinéma (Jean Baptiste Dupont and Cyril Colbeau-Justin)
Production year: 2015
DVD catalogue number: ART778DVD
Official selection, 2015 Cannes Film Festival
2016 César Awards nominee for Best Actress - Isabelle Huppert
2016 César Awards nominee for Best Actor - Gérard Depardieu
2016 César Awards nominee for Best Cinematography