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Vinyan (2008)

Director:
Fabrice Du Welz
COUNTRY
France/Belgium/UK/
Australia
GENRE
Horror/Thriller
NORWEGIAN TITLE
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RUNNING TIME
96 minutes
Producer:
Michael Gentile
Screenwriter:
Fabrice Du Welz


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Jeanne Bellmer Emmanuel Béart ½
Paul Bellmer Rufus Sewell
Thaksin Gao Petch Osathanugrah
Kim Julie Dreyfus

 

Review

Having lost their son in Thailand during the 2004 tsunami, a European couple has now convinced themselves they’ve seen the boy on a news clip from Burma’s jungle, and the two pay up to let local mobsters escort them into the wilderness. Vinyan is a slow-moving, tedious experience in which director Fabrice Du Welz insists that you feel his protagonists pain, using abundances of sound effects and visual trickery in order to achieve his goal. Arguably inspired by films such as Gaspar Noë’s Irreversible, Vinyan is far too circumstantial and speculative to be effective, and once the now deranged Béart and Sewell find themselves in the heart of jungle madness, Du Welz is more bent on realizing his controversial (albeit effective) final shot than giving an explanation to his pessimistic, otherworldly sociological comment.

 

Copyright © 21.9.2010 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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