In a Valley of Violence

In a Valley of Violence ★★★½

Here's one I missed at SXSW. There was just no chance getting in, with few screenings and a hell of a lot of interest, apparently. I had only heard good things at the time but since the festival it's been mixed responses and I can see why. With a name implying heavy action or at least a big bloody climax it's surprising that this film is as slow as it is. It's mostly made up of scenes where the characters are taking in time to breathe in their emotional reactions, strung between the smaller scenes of actual violence. I had pretty inconsistent feelings about it throughout but only at the end, when you see the big picture, could I determine what this movie actually wanted to be. And I think it succeeded at it, but I'll let you figure out what that is for yourself.

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