Edward Norton, Evan Rachel Wood, David Morse, Rory Culkin, Bruce Dern,
John Diehl, Elizabeth Peña
Siblings Lonnie and Tobe live at the edge of the bleeding sprawl of the
San Fernando Valley. One day, a mysterious horseman strolls into their
lives. With his folksy-naïve manner and cowboy garb, Harlan
Fairfax Carruthers initially evokes a bemused "Are you for real?" from
one of their friends. But to Lonnie and Tobe, Harlan's alien behavior
seems to be exactly what they need. Director David Jacobson brings a
fresh perspective to the city and the ways it functions as a locus of
both hopeful reinvention and dark violence. Enrique Chediak's'
anamorphic widescreen cinematography uses the striking juxtapositions
of the San Fernando Valley, where the Interstate brushes up against
what little is left of the Wild West, to both comic and poignant
effect. Remarkable central performances from Edward Norton and a
revelatory Evan Rachel Wood cement Down in the Valley as both a classic
American movie and a thoroughly independent vision.