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The Valley (Obscured by Clouds) (Dual Format Edition)


Different worlds collide when a chic young diplomat's wife meets an intriguing adventurer and his hippy friends in Barbet Schroeder's striking second feature.

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When Viviane (Bulle Ogier), a chic young diplomat's wife, meets an intriguing adventurer (Michael Gothard) and his hippy friends in the wilds of Papua New Guinea, different worlds collide. The group, led by enigmatic visionary Gaetan (Jean-Pierre Kalfon), convince Viviane to join their expedition in search of a mysterious uncharted valley – its location obscured by clouds. Along for free love and exotic feathers Viviane gradually discovers that she too is looking for her lost Eden, but can it be found in the savage jungle?

The Valley – Barbet Schroeder's striking second feature – explores the limits of experience and freedom, journeying into the Great Unknown accompanied by Pink Floyd's especially composed soundtrack, later released as the album Obscured By Clouds. Aided by Nester Almendros' striking photography, and the tribespeople of the Mapuga – who allowed Westerners to participate in and film their rites for the first time – the film is an authentic tribute to the liberating spirit of adventure.

  • Original un-restored ending (5 minutes, DVD only)
  • Le Cochon aux Patates Douces (Barbet Schroeder, 1971, 8 minutes).
  • Maquillages (Barbet Schroeder, 1971, 12 minutes).
  • Sing-Sing (Barbet Schroeder, 1971, 5 minutes)
  • Theatrical trailers for The Valley, More (1969) and Matresse (1974)
  • Fully illustrated booklet with rare on-set photographs, newly commissioned essays and director interview.
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SKU 5035673010396
Catalogue Number BFIB1039
Subtitle A film by Barbet Schroeder
Product contents <ul> <li>Original un-restored ending (5 min, DVD only).</li> <li>Le Cochon aux Patates Douces (Barbet Schroeder, 1971, 8 min).</li> <li>Maquillages (Barbet Schroeder, 1971, 12 min).</li> <li>Sing-Sing (Barbet Schroeder, 1971, 5 min).</li> <li>Theatrical t
Year 1972
Director Schroeder, Barbet
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries France
Colour Colour
Sound Sound
Subtitles English
Language(s) French
Running time 105
DVD region 2
Blu-ray region B
Certificate 15
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