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Down in the Valley (2005)

Drama | 114 minutes
2,99 329 votes

Genre: Drama / Romance

Duration: 114 minuten

Country: United States

Directed by: David Jacobson

Stars: Edward Norton, Evan Rachel Wood and David Morse

IMDb score: 6,4 (18.894)

Releasedate: 13 May 2005

Down in the Valley plot

"Sometimes it's hard to find your way."

Tobe is an 18-year-old rebellious girl who lives with her father Wade with her brother Lonnie. One day Tobe meets the mysterious loner Harlan, who acts like a real cowboy. Tobe falls madly in love with Harlan and the two begin a passionate relationship. Father Wade is less pleased with Harlan's arrival and sees little good in the boy. Is Harlan as innocent as he seems?

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avatar van Number23


  • 8212 messages
  • 4891 votes

Strange movie, feels a bit strange. Norton character (well portrayed by Ed) has stuck in a certain dream world that revolves around the Wild West. Not always believable, but the film is full of fun metaphors. Hilly landscape borders on new housing estate, for example. Wood plays well, only her character is very annoying. Sure you can be free-spirited and Wade may not have been a perfect father back then, but to act like that every time now is a bit of an exaggeration. Culkin's role is most useless as little brother Lonnie who blindly trusts and believes Harlan. End scene completely misplaced.

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avatar van boozebelly


  • 1428 messages
  • 1872 votes

Slow movie...

There is nothing wrong with the story itself, but the film is so slow at times that I just got bored. Half an hour of time could have been saved if the makers had increased the tempo a bit.

The story is a typical case of 'daughter falls for the wrong guy, daddy sees that, but my daughter is blind with love, with all the consequences that entails'.

Partly because of the slowness of the film, it never really gets exciting. I also didn't empathize with the characters at all and it would be worst to me who would die and how. In that respect, the characters are too flat in character.

The acting is good, but nothing more than that. The spatial aspect of the sandy city and its surroundings is beautifully portrayed.

Temperance trumps. 2.5*

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avatar van blurp194


  • 4454 messages
  • 3552 votes

Girl with wrong boy.

The occasionally excruciatingly slow pace works well to let the story unfold slowly - but inevitably. Nothing new under the sun, but very well done, and very nicely portrayed. David Morse plays a very strong role as the father who loses control of his daughter, but cannot resign. Evan Rachel Wood also plays very strong and is appropriately stunning. And Edward Norton puts on a very good wacky cowboy.

Shame about the two alternate endings I found on the DVD - adds nothing, and really just weakens the movie.

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