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Aro Recommended Down in the Valley

 

USA 2005, 114 minutes
Dir. David Jacobson
Rating: [M]
Genres: Drama, Suspense/Crime / Independent, Romance

 

Aroview: Slow-burn yet layered and intense drama has Edward Norton in fine form as a delusional 'cowboy' who charms his way into trouble via the heart of a 17-year-old girl.

While familiar enough at its dramatic core (mismatched yet committed lovers and a disapproving father), this emerges from the 'indie drama' pack by getting the details right in the relationship dynamics and the performances, while LA's San Fernando Valley plays as big a part in painting a metaphor of America's spirited but naive cowboy lost in ruthless contemporary times.

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