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April 8–14, 2016

Chicago Theatrical

Valley of Love

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Palme d'Or
Cannes Film Fest
Best Cinematography
César Awards, France
"Depardieu and Huppert are a captivating screen couple"
  —Screen International
"Valley of Love reminds us that Depardieu remains a vital, formidably skilled actor"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"It's amusing to watch Ms. Huppert and Mr. Depardieu upstage Death Valley... "[they] are such tremendous, epochal screen presences and performers—every time they appear in a movie, they bring decades of French cinema with them"
  —New York Times
"It's illuminating to see Huppert and Depardieu in a different mode, and Huppert brings a delicate physical and emotional fragility to her role. These two are fantastic, and they're fantastic together"
  —Chicago Tribune
"Evocative, sometimes puzzling, and sometimes moving"
"Strange and compelling"
  —Chicago Now

Divorced couple Isabelle (Isabelle Huppert) and Gérard (Gérard Depardieu) have not seen each other for years. Now, whether they want to or not, they meet in California's Death Valley in unfortunate circumstances. They were invited here by their son Michael, who committed suicide six months before and in a post-mortem enigmatic letter they received and despite the absurdity of the situation, they decide to follow the initiatory program he designed. Stuck in each other's company, they visit a series of sites in the area and embrace their shared memories with the fragile hope that somewhere along the way they will meet their son again.

In their first film together since Maurice Pialat's Loulou, Depardieu and Huppert astound with their enthralling portrayal of grieving parents who, to an ambiguous degree, appear to be versions of themselves, making for a tour de force as moving as it is complex. Filmmaker Guillaume Nicloux (A Private Affair, The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq) has made an utterly singular trip of a film, by turns melancholic and funny, self-reflexive and surreal. Two of France's biggest acting icons make a long lasting impression in this surprising and fascinating conversational drama.

Directed by Guillaume Nicloux, France/Belgium, 2015, 92 mins. In English and French with English subtitles.


  • Fri., Apr. 8 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Apr. 9 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Apr. 10 at 5 & 7 pm
  • Tues.–Thurs., Apr. 12–14 at 7 & 9 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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