Vinyan (2008)

Hope seemed to be lost for The Bellmers after their son was washed away during a tsunami in Indonesia. However, they soon discover a video of a young boy that resembles their son taken from a small village in Burma, and they set off using any means necessary to bring back their child. A blaring title sequence opens VINYAN with an air of pretension that is carried on throughout the rest of the picture. Frabrice du Welz' English-language premiere is light on character, but heavy on aesthetic and atmosphere. The eerie psychological-thriller follows a similar plot progression to Francis Ford Coppola's APOCALYPSE NOW, traveling deep into the misty jungles and deeper into the darkest recesses of the human mind. Welz' camera goes into all-wheel-drive as it tears through the jungle paths and splashes into the sea right alongside each of the characters in a rough but calculated shooting style. Although Emmanuelle Beart and Rufus Sewell provide strong performances, their portrayals of the distant Jeanne and reactionary Paul garner little support in their hunt for their missing son. VINYAN's spooky settings and frightening look at human trafficking make for a unique watch, but the thin plotting and vague ending will leave many viewers wanting more.

Rating: 7/10.

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  1. Agree with everything you said. I was disappointed in this one; pretentious is indeed the operating word here.

    Good actors and atmosphere don't make for a good story. I couldn't have cared less what happened to the parents...I just wanted the movie to be over!

    Oh and the Apocalypse Now comparison is spot on...except Apocalypse Now is way better. :)

  2. Becky I had you in mind while watching this one =D

    I was sitting there the whole time thinking "Just keep waiting.. Its coming.. Its coming.. Wait!! No.. That wasn't it.. Just keep waiting.."

    ..I waited a long time for nothing. It comes so close to being worthwhile, but somewhere along the line Welz lost touch with reality. For a while, I thought the big surprise was going to be Marlon Brando in the end lol..

  3. Just gonna skip it then, thanks for the heads up, sir.