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the elusive paradise.....,
This review is from: The Valley (Obscured by Clouds) (DVD + Blu-ray) (1972) (Blu-ray)
For those familiar with Papua New Guinea in the 1970's and before, The Valley will evoke
memories of different "lost valleys". The Blu-Ray rendition is brilliant. It captures the people,the setting, the country with detail and colour, not in the DVD or Video. The brooding Pink Floyd themes are there, but overall the sound is that of the scene. Whilst the alternative storyline could lose some viewers,the film is much more, with great brief portraits of the range of influences and motives at play at the time, quests for different valleys.
The quest for the ephemeral beauty of rare protected plumage and and eternal paradise is not a deep dialogue. It does carry the rejoinder we remain tourists engaging with the various cultures through our own transactions and perspectives, never fully engaged. In this context, the film has a respectful engagement with some beautiful ethnographic footage(presented without deep explanation), exchanges and ironies, perhaps meaning to the abrupt ending.
The Valley is a good film, some engaging portraits, worth the journey, if obscured by cloud.
Four stars for me, but possibly only three for those not who cannot engage in the trip.