The Valley Below

The Valley Below is a multi-narrative drama that chronicles the life of a small town in the badlands of Alberta over the course of one year.


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  • ★★★★ review by Slappy McGee on Letterboxd

    Film #117 in MY YEAR OF MUBI

    A quartet of stories set in a small Canadian town that all loosely connect. However, this is a DEPRESSING AS HELL film. It's good, but every single storyline is such a damn downer. That's fine... but just don't expect a single smile while watching this one.

    Regardless of the somber tone of this movie, it's extremely well made. All of the actors give solid performances and are quite good (with the possible exception of Barry the cop, who is a little underwhelming with most of his line deliveries). The camerawork is beautiful as well, with some great shots scattered throughout.

    It's a solid film with some great dramatic storytelling, but, again, it is really depressing overall.

  • ★★★★★ review by Tom Samaroden on Letterboxd

    Really enjoyed this film. It felt emotionally true. And it's filmed in Drumheller, AB. Canadian films rock!!

  • ★★★★½ review by ajstrauman on Letterboxd

    Four interwining stories, incredible dialogue and performance

  • ★★★★ review by Luke Martin on Letterboxd

    Alberta is brilliantly depressive.

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