Valley of Love

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Guillaume Nicloux
Production: LGM Cinéma
  1 win & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

And that's where it ends.

He thought we fucked up his life,

what do I know?

It's his way of punishing us.

He brings us to Death Valley,

so we spend a week together.

A kind of punishment.

This, the scorching heat... punishment!

Or maybe he wants to kill me.

We talk about him, about us, we sweat,

we say we miss him.

I'll play this game till Wednesday,

but Thursday, I'm gone.

I'm gone, it's too hot!

I went 7 years without seeing him.

How can you not see

your child for 7 years?

It was his decision.

I bore that child. I loved him.

How can you stop seeing

a child you brought into the world?

He refused to see the two of us.

Did he talk about me?

We didn't talk.

Did you meet his friend?

You'll have to face facts.

You can't keep running away.

What facts?

Why'd he never want to see me again?

I don't know.

What did you tell him?

- F*ck...

- What'd you say all those years?

I can hear anything.

Then listen to this:

You sent your son away at 7.

I put him in boarding school.

By 16, he wanted us out of his life.

15 years later, some asshole informs us

that our son is dead.

That he spent a week here,

and when he got home,

he ate enough pills to end his life.

If those are your "facts"

this is hardly the place.

You're really a bastard.


I'm whatever you want,

an asshole, a bastard, an alcoholic.

And the list goes on.

- Screw you.

- You, too.

Screw you!

Shit, and it's hot!

Are you asleep?

He's not coming.

We have 5 more days.


I waited for you by the pool.

I can't go back out there.

There are assholes galore.

I want us to read the letters together.

I don't feel like it!

No, I really don't want to.

Not now.

- I want to hear it in your voice.

- I don't want to.


I'm Michael. I'm your son.

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Guillaume Nicloux

Guillaume Nicloux (born 3 August 1966) is a French novelist, director and actor. He is the founder of the theatre company La Troupe. He has written crime fiction and directed films for cinema and French television.He won the Best Screenplay Award at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival for The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq, a comedic interpretation of a rumoured abduction of the writer Michel Houellebecq, starring Houellebecq as himself.His 2015 film Valley of Love was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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