French screen icons Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu meander around California’s Death Valley in slow-moving art-house drama Valley of Love.

Valley of Love Isabelle Huppert Gérard Depardieu

“Gallic sang-froid melting in the scorching heat”

French screen icons Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu are such a charismatic pair you could watch them doing nothing and still find them compelling.

That’s a boon for director Guillaume Nicloux’s slow-moving art-house drama Valley of Love, which takes them on a meandering trip around California’s Death Valley, their Gallic sang-froid melting in the scorching heat. They play a grieving divorced couple, here to honour the dying wish of their estranged son, who committed suicide six months earlier, leaving an odd travel itinerary for them to take.

Dangling hints of the supernatural, the story is wilfully enigmatic, but there are rewarding insights into marriage, mortality, guilt and grief along the way.

Certificate 15. Runtime 92 mins. Director Guillaume Nicloux

Valley of Love debuts on Sky Cinema Premiere on 29 March and is available on DVD & Digital Download from Curzon Artificial Eye.