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An early film by director Barbet Schroeder, La Vallée stars Bulle Ogier as the wife of a diplomat who embarks on a journey through the jungles of New Guinea in order to locate a rarely seen type of bird feather. During the course of her quest, she meets up with a group of free-spirited hippies who are seeking their own personal Shangri-la. She becomes involved in their alternative lifestyle; however, their idea world comes crashing down when they begin to interact with a local native tribe. Future Oscar winner Nestor ...

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MidnightMike

Jan 15, 2009

Cult Film with Stunning Scenery

In widescreen - as both the director and photographer wanted it to be seen - the lush jungle location makes a ravishing backdrop to this story of friends in search of a secluded valley high up in an uncharted region. Filmed in 1972 La Vallee can be viewed both as an allegorical journey of (self-) discovery and as an illustration of the Buddhist dictum that it is the journey itself that is its own reward (the film ends as the valley is finally found). Although very much a film of its time its status is deserved and should be enjoyed by aficionados of the genre of cult films.

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