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Parents looking for a missing child are led into a strange and dangerous netherworld in this thriller. Jeanne (Emmanuelle Beart) and Paul (Rufus Sewell) are a wealthy couple who were in Thailand helping to establish an orphanage when the 2005 tsunami leveled the island. Jeanne and Paul had a young son who disappeared in the storm, and since his body has never been found, Jeanne holds out hope that he might still be alive, a hope that becomes a desperate concern when she sees a video of children
Sep 24, 2008 Wide
Apr 7, 2009
Wild Bunch Distribution
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Horrific and harrowing but the narrative arc could leave the audience unmoved.
A remorselessly grim but deeply affecting psychological horror that's likely to bitterly divide its audience. Not for the faint-hearted, Vinyan is a pitch-black, poetic exploration of the nightmare of losing a child.
Du Welz never manages to generate enough menace - this is no Apocalypse Now.
Vinyan is a fine example of art-house horror. It's rich in spooky atmospherics, but it's not really scary.
Without resorting to cheap frights or bogeymen, Vinyan locates its horror in the human heart of darkness.
A sense of dread weighs heavy throughout, reinforced by a score so intense that at times it verges on abusive. Yet this is also one of the most gorgeous-looking films in recent memory, with brave, unabashed performances.
Steeped in a bleak atmosphere and beautifully made, Vinyan journeys from the credible to the pretentious as the tension mounts and the horror grows increasingly extreme.
A dark and pessimistic drama which goes slap-happily mad towards the end but keeps you watching all the same.
This could have been a strong supernatural thriller in its own right. However, while its premise is potentially decent, too much of the film is spent just waiting for something to happen.
A vivid example of style over substance, this textured film creates an overwhelming sense of emotion and dread, but never manages to find a point to it all. It merely gives into the grisliness, leaving us shaken and unstirred.
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