La Vallée (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Barbet Schroeder|
|Written by||Barbet Schroeder|
|Music by||Pink Floyd|
|Distributed by||Imperia Films|
|Release date(s)||11 July 1972|
|Running time||100 minutes|
La Vallée is a 1972 French film written and directed by Barbet Schroeder. The film stars Bulle Ogier as Viviane, a woman who goes on a strange and accidental voyage of self-discovery through the New Guinea bush.
Pink Floyd recorded an album, Obscured by Clouds, as the soundtrack to the film. After recording had finished, the band fell out with the film company, prompting them to release the soundtrack album as Obscured by Clouds, rather than La Vallée. In response, the film was retitled La Vallée (Obscured by Clouds) on its release.
The actress credited as "Monique Giraudy" is actually an alias of Miquette Giraudy, longtime vocalist/synthesizer player who went on to play in progressive rock/space rock band Gong, with her partner Steve Hillage, and later formed electronic group System 7 with Hillage.
Viviane (Ogier), the wife of the French consul in Melbourne, joins a group of explorers in search of a mysterious hidden valley in the bush of New Guinea, where she hopes to find the feathers of an extremely rare exotic bird. Along the way through the dense jungles of Papua New Guinea and on the peak of Mount Giluwe, she and the small group of explorers make contact with the Mapuga tribe, one of the most isolated groups of human beings on earth, who inspire them to explore their own humanity, unfettered by their own subjective ideas of "civilization". The search becomes a search for a paradise said to exist within a valley marked as "obscured by cloud" on the only map of the area available dated as surveyed in 1969.
Footage from La Vallée was incorporated into the horror film Hell of the Living Dead.
- Bulle Ogier: Viviane
- Jean-Pierre Kalfon: Gaëtan
- Valérie Lagrange: Hermine
- Michael Gothard: Olivier
- Jérôme Beauvarlet: Yann
- Miquette Giraudy ('credited as Monique Giraudy'): Monique
- The Mapuga Tribe and its Chiefs
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