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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Old Brenner seems distraught by the deaths of his sons, and some of those sons have wives and children of their own, although [[spoiler: their reaction to Old Brenner's death is ambiguous, and they may have been just as subject to the family's depravities as the rest of the valley]].


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* ObnoxiousInLaws: Averted with Martin's family, who are decent enough, support Greider's actions and help shelter Luzi.


* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: [[spoiler: Greider uses the hunting lodge of the second brother he killed as his hideout. It's especially notable, because nobody checked there until he left tracks to it]].

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* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: [[spoiler: Greider uses the hunting lodge of the second brother he killed as his hideout. It's especially notable, because nobody checked there until he left tracks to it]].it.


* AfterActionPatchUp: A completely platonic version.

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* AfterActionPatchUp: A completely platonic version.version at the end, as Greider has a gotten a metal hook through his shoulder and experienced a horrible shock.



* CatScare: After [[spoiler:killing the Brenner brothers]], Greider is startled from behind. He raises his gun only to realize that it's a child. [[spoiler:Then the blacksmith comes up behind him...]]



* DeterminedWidow: Luzi's mother.

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* DeterminedWidow: Luzi's mother.mother, Gaderin.



** They also never assumed [[spoiler: Grieder will be hiding under the floor, thus avoiding all their fire on his lodge]].

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** They also never assumed [[spoiler: Grieder will would be hiding under the floor, thus avoiding all their fire on his lodge]].



* ForcedToWatch: As part of their torment, [[spoiler: Greider's mother was forced to watch all the tortures inficted to her husband, while he was simultaneously forced to watch her rape]].

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* ForcedToWatch: As part of their torment, [[spoiler: Greider's mother was forced to watch all the tortures inficted inflicted to her husband, while he was simultaneously forced to watch her rape]].



* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler: When Greider finally has a showdown with Brenners, he knee-caps the one who force-feed him a schnapps and was established throughout the entire film as the most unstable and brutal of the entire clan. When remaining brothers hide behind trees, he instead fires another non-lethal shot on the knee-capped one to torment him and force remaining Brenners to show their faces]].

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* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler: When Greider finally has a showdown with Brenners, he knee-caps the one who force-feed him a schnapps and was established throughout the entire film as the most unstable and brutal of the entire clan. When remaining brothers hide behind trees, he instead fires another non-lethal shot on the knee-capped one to torment him and force the remaining Brenners to show their faces]].


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* VillainsWantMercy: The most unstable and violent Brenner brother ''cries like a baby'' during [[spoiler:the duel with Greider.]]
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-->[[spoiler:'''Old Brenner:''' And my children? \\
'''Greider:''' Dead. All of them. \\
'''Old Brenner:''' [[LukeIAmYourFather Your brothers.]]]]


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* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: [[spoiler:Greider kills all the Brenner brothers and returns to the village to regroup... and gets cold-cocked from behind by the blacksmith, who was on the Brenners' side the whole time.]]


** [[spoiler: Greider forces one of the inkeepers who sold out his parents for money to eat a couple of gold coins at gunpoint, trying to choke her to death with golden coins]].

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** [[spoiler: Greider forces one of the inkeepers who sold out his parents for money to eat a couple of gold coins at gunpoint, trying to choke her to death with golden said coins]].



* {{Kneecapping}}: [[spoiler: The mentioned above Brenner gets disabled as the first in the fight, by taking a shot into his knee. RealityEnsues when he can't even drag himself out of the pain and then takes another bullet for being the easiest target to hit]].

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* {{Kneecapping}}: [[spoiler: The mentioned above Brenner gets disabled as the first in the fight, by taking a shot into his knee. RealityEnsues when he can't even drag himself away out of the pain and then takes another bullet for being the easiest target to hit]].



* MakeAnExampleOfThem: [[spoiler: For defying Brenners, Greider's father was tortured and his mother raped, both ForcedToWatch. Then the father was crucified alive and his body was left there untreated until animals picked what was left of it. Years later, that cross is still standing at the entry to the valley. It's only when they find horseshoe nails in the eye sockets of one the brothers that they realize someone is targeting them]].

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* MakeAnExampleOfThem: [[spoiler: For defying Brenners, Greider's father was tortured and his mother raped, both ForcedToWatch. Then the father was crucified alive and his body was left there untreated until animals picked what was left of it. Years later, that cross is still standing at the entry to the valley. It's only when they find horseshoe nails in the eye sockets of one the brothers that they realize someone is targeting them]].]].



* TheWestern: A notable example in that it's filmed and set in ''Austria'', not America. Greider is of Austrian descent and speaks fluent German, but he grew up in Texas. The film itself also toys for a while with the concept of taking place in the Wild West and it only becomes clear it really is set in Alps rather than being extensive case of CaliforniaDoubling after a while.

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* TheWestern: A notable example in that it's filmed and set in ''Austria'', not America. Greider is of Austrian descent and speaks fluent German, but he grew up in Texas. The film itself also toys for a while with the concept of taking place in the Wild West and it only becomes clear it really is set in Alps rather than being extensive case of CaliforniaDoubling only after a while.


* CombatPragmatist: Combined with WhyDontYaJustShootHim. The Brenners, when faced with the opportunity of [[spoiler: dueling Greider, decide to ambush him well before the scheduled duel instead. [[CrazyPrepared It doesn't work]].]]

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* CombatPragmatist: Combined with WhyDontYaJustShootHim.A notable subversion of WhyDontYaJustShootHim happens in the third act. The Brenners, when faced with the opportunity of [[spoiler: dueling Greider, decide to ambush him well before the scheduled duel instead. [[CrazyPrepared It doesn't work]].]]


''Das Finstere Tal'' (in English, ''The Dark Valley'') is a 2014 Austro-German film starring Sam Riley.

It was chosen to represent Austria in the Foreign-Language Film category of the 2014 Academy Awards.

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''Das Finstere Tal'' (in English, ''The Dark Valley'') is a 2014 Austro-German film starring Sam Riley.

Riley. It was chosen to represent Austria in the Foreign-Language Film category of the 2014 Academy Awards.
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A [[TheDrifter mysterious American stranger]] called Greider arrives in a tiny Tyrolean village in the Austrian Alps to take photographs of the people and landscape. He rents a room from a widow and her daughter, and soon discovers [[TownWithADarkSecret the dark secret haunting the town]]: it is under the thrall of the powerful and sadistic Brenner family, consisting of six brothers and their father, who exercise DroitDuSeigneur on all the women of the village and routinely terrorize the villagers [[ForTheEvulz for no reason other than petty villainy]]. But Greider has secrets of his own, including how he speaks German so well for a foreigner...



* BestServedCold: [[spoiler: It took an entire ''generation'' to get the revenge for rape and murder the Brenners commited on Greider's parents]].

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* BestServedCold: [[spoiler: It took an entire ''generation'' to get the revenge for rape and murder the Brenners commited committed on Greider's parents]].



* ForcedToWatch: As part of their torment, [[spoiler: Greider's mother was forced to watch all the tortures inficted to her husband, while he was simultaniously forced to watch her rape]].

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* ForcedToWatch: As part of their torment, [[spoiler: Greider's mother was forced to watch all the tortures inficted to her husband, while he was simultaniously simultaneously forced to watch her rape]].



* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: A surprisingly heroic version. With a bit of luck, [[spoiler: Greider could continue to picking off Brenners one by one for the entire winter]].

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* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: A surprisingly heroic version. With a bit of luck, [[spoiler: Greider could continue to have continued picking off Brenners one by one for the entire winter]].



* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Given the main character's background (having grown up in Texas) and the actor that portrays him (who is British), the few lines of English dialogue are rather fluent. It's also justified in that Grieder only speaks English when either panicked or agitated.

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* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Given the main character's background (having grown up in Texas) and the actor that portrays him (who is British), the few lines of English dialogue are rather fluent. It's also justified in that Grieder Greider only speaks English when either panicked or agitated.



* TownWithADarkSecret: [[spoiler: The Brenners practice DroitDuSeigneur on every girl in the village, and the first child in every family is a Brenner.]] Everyone in the village is in on it.

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* TownWithADarkSecret: [[spoiler: The Brenners practice DroitDuSeigneur on every girl in the village, and the first child in every family is a Brenner.]] Brenner. Everyone in the village is in on it.


* BodyHorror: The youngest of brothers somehow [[spoiler: survived taking a rifle shot in the head, with entry point just below his chin. He was still alive few minutes after taking the bullet, in minor convulsion and most likely lobotomised]].


* CombatPragmatist: Combined with WhyDontYaJustShootHim. The Brenners, when faced with the opportunity of [[spoiler: dueling Greider, decide to ambush him well before the scheduled duel instead. [[CrazyPrepared It doesn't work]].]]



* TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: Combined with WhyDontYaJustShootHim. The Brenners, when faced with the opportunity of [[spoiler: dueling Greider, decide to ambush him well before the scheduled duel instead. [[CrazyPrepared It doesn't work]].]]

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* KickTheDog: See ForceFeeding.


* MakeAnExampleOfThem: [[spoiler: For defying Brenners, Greider's father was tortured and his mother raped, both ForcedToWatch. Then the father was crucified alive and his body was left there untreated until animals picked what was left of it. Years later, that cross is still standing at the entry to the valley]].

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* MakeAnExampleOfThem: [[spoiler: For defying Brenners, Greider's father was tortured and his mother raped, both ForcedToWatch. Then the father was crucified alive and his body was left there untreated until animals picked what was left of it. Years later, that cross is still standing at the entry to the valley]].valley. It's only when they find horseshoe nails in the eye sockets of one the brothers that they realize someone is targeting them]].


* AntiHero: Greider would probably be a VillainProtagonist if it wasn't for the fact that the Brenners are a ''lot'' worse than he is.



* BestServedCold: [[spoiler: It took entire ''generation'' to get the revenge for rape and murder Brenners commited on Greider's parents]].

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* BestServedCold: [[spoiler: It took an entire ''generation'' to get the revenge for rape and murder the Brenners commited on Greider's parents]].



** [[spoiler: Four Brenners come to ambush asleep Greider. He shoots them all dead within three minutes]].

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** [[spoiler: Four Brenners come to ambush asleep Greider.Greider while he's asleep. He shoots them all dead within three minutes]].



* DidntSeeThatComing: Justified. [[spoiler: The Brenner brothers never saw Winchester rifle before and Greider did his best to pretend it shoots only twice and needs a reload just like them. The face of the last Brenner brother looks at the barrel and Greider just reloads to dent him is precious]].

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* DidntSeeThatComing: Justified. [[spoiler: The Brenner brothers never saw Winchester rifle before and Greider did his best to pretend it shoots only twice and needs a reload just like them. The face of the last Brenner brother as he looks at the barrel and Greider just reloads to dent him is precious]].

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Greider is polite and soft spoken, but is absolutely brutal towards his enemies.

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* RecycledInSpace: Film/HighPlainsDrifter in 19th century Austria.

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* BlackAndGrayMorality: Greider is no saint and his methods cross into PayEvilUntoEvil territory, but the Brenner clan consists of murderers and rapists.

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