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A curmudgeonly biologist and his stoner graduate assistants muddle their way through a summer research project. Deep in the Appalachian woods, they encounter a trio of backpackers who change their lives in mysterious ways. Mystical, sexy, and funny, this dream-like film casts you under its spell.
A Dim Valley is Brandon Colvin's third feature film after Frames (2012) and Sabbatical (2014). Brandon has a PhD in Film and teaches Film Production at the University of Alabama. His next two features will push the supernatural elements of A Dim Valley in more hallucinatory and eerie directions.
Film Review: A curmudgeonly biologist and his two stoner graduate assistants are on a trip in the Appalachian woods, collecting samples for a research project. One day, they stumble across three free-spirited female backpackers. Who are these mysterious women? Why are they there? Thus begins a mystical exploration. In the near-supernatural surroundings of the forest, the narrative unfolds at a deliberate pace. The initial quirkiness and humour make way for something deeper, almost transcendental. As we witness these women transforming the lives of this helpless trio, we can’t help but be seduced by the film’s ethereal mood, set by the lush, green landscapes and the exquisitely long takes. A Dim Valley begins as a simple story but transforms into something altogether otherworldly. Its sympathetic, believable characters are brought to life magnificently by the subtle performances of the actors. This is a touching film which, with its enthralling atmosphere, manages to bring its magic to its audience. Baptiste Charles