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


They call this soup?





The service is awful.

You're breaking up.


I can't hear you!


What was that?

This goddamn heat.

Apparently it's 60C in Vegas.


Did you just get here?

Late last night.

I tried to call you.

- How about a drink?

- I forgot my phone, just a sec.

Which building are you in?

And you?


What'll it be?

You're looking well.

- Think so?

- Yeah.

I got fat.

Whatever makes you happy.

How could I possibly

be happy like this?

When did we last see each other?

In Venice.

- Positive?

- I think so.

I almost turned around in Vegas.

I did turn around.

And then I came back.

What the hell are we doing here?

This whole thing's insane.

But we said a week.

But we said a week.

I can't.

It's what you said,

you said a week.

A day won't make a difference.

My husband's in Paris,

so are my kids,

we haven't spoken in 2 days.

I can't reach them from the hotel.

Maybe it's for the best.

Suck it up for 1 week.

What's 1 week out of your life?

A lot, in my condition.

Our son is asking this of you.

You're here for him.

Do what he asks.

That's ridiculous.

You didn't go to his funeral.

I haven't been to a funeral

since my dad died.

- It's your son.

- Screw what you think!

You suffer more than me?

Is that what you're implying?


I don't want to argue.

So why are you being such a shit?



Did you see that thing?


It was running, running... Look!

I don't want to argue either.

I have to leave Thursday

for an important appointment.

We both have to be here,

otherwise it won't work.

Otherwise it won't work?


I'm not crazy.

In Paris, I met a woman,

a well-respected woman,

who advises politicians and execs.

She has a gift. I swear she does.

It may be hard to believe, but...

Does she charge a fee?

Obviously, what does that change?


In that case,

a doctor who charges for care,

a dentist, say, is a quack?

A surgeon's a crook

because he gets paid!

That's so stupid.

Let's not have a fight.

Then stop picking one.

Fees, no fees,

you're being ridiculous!

So she's a psychic?

She thinks that...


I couldn't reach you.

And you? How are you guys?

Did Tina get off alright?

Did it go well?


Yes, of course.

Let me put the other earbud in. Yeah?

Why didn't she bring it?

She should've brought the big one!


What was his problem?


It's spectacular.


Ever been here before?

It's been a while.

Has it changed?


there was no walkway.

You could walk right on the ground.

Here we're...

50m below sea level.

There's a sign, look.


They wrote it over there too!

- That's new.

- It's amazing.

I didn't see that.

Why did he die?


How should I know?

Michael was a loner.

We hardly saw each other.

I missed out on something with him too.

Like all of us,

we all miss out on something.

He took photos.

Where in San Francisco did he live?

A neighborhood called "The Mission."

He invited me a few times,

but I never went.

Fucking heat.

I'm going back to the car. Come on.

Do you blame me?

What for?

Is it our fault?

Of course it's our fault.

Good one!

We had him, we're responsible.

We have 2 more hours.

Go wait in the car, if you prefer.

You really want to wait 2 hours?

If it has to happen

the way he wrote it would.

But it's only what he wrote!

They're just words, just words...

Why overthink everything?

I'm not overthinking anything.

It's like some kind of pilgrimage.

He wanted us to get lost

in the middle of nowhere.

So we'd talk about him.

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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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