In a dim valley of eastern Kentucky, pair of biology graduates constantly surrounded by the haze of weed are searching for rare butterflies. They not only find three fairies-in-disguise but, most importantly, love.
A summer research project undertaken by a biologist and his two stoner graduates in the dreamy landscapes of some woods in Kentucky becomes a queer fairy tale you didn’t know you desperately needed – even if you’re straight, your knowledge of Kentucky is limited to the menu of your local KFC and you have nothing to do with rare butterflies whatsoever.
From its nostalgic look at a nearly forgotten before – a world before the pandemic filled with strange encounters, late-night conversations and unrestricted trips, in the case of the film’s protagonists both literal and metaphoric – to the beauty and pain of exchanging charged looks with the one you fancy (yet needing the help of three magical fairies to finally act on it), ‘A Dim Valley’ is a much-needed reminder that everything – both for the film’s characters and the world – is going to be okay in the end.
And in the meantime? Sit back, relax and enjoy your hike through the mysterious pathways of the dim valley.
Martyna Ratnik BA Film and Screen Studies, London College of Communication
A Dim Valley is streaming throughout the Raindance Film Festival.