La Vallée

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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.

The film’s soundtrack is likely more well known than the film itself – the music was composed and recorded by Pink Floyd, and ultimately released as the album, “Obscured by Clouds”. The music was quickly written and produced, during a break while working on their landmark album, “Dark Side of the Moon”.

A plot synopsis of the film, as submitted to IMDB by Neal Wells:

Viviane, a French Consul’s wife, is in New Guinea to find exotic feathers for export to Paris. She encounters four European travelers who are en route to “La Vallée”: The Valley, high in the Guinean mountains, is shown on maps as ‘Obscured by Clouds’ and is beyond their previous experiences. Viviane joins their trek to find rare feathers and soon becomes entwined in their journey. Their extended stay with the Mapuga tribe brings a denouement between western and indigenous values before their final quest toward the ‘Valley of the Gods’.

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