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Vinyan (2008)

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Critic Reviews: 1
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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

Apr 7, 2009

Wild Bunch Distribution

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (8) | DVD (4)

A menacing pseudo-horror thriller with arty aspirations.

October 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Horrific and harrowing but the narrative arc could leave the audience unmoved.

October 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

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.

October 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

Du Welz never manages to generate enough menace - this is no Apocalypse Now.

October 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Vinyan is a fine example of art-house horror. It's rich in spooky atmospherics, but it's not really scary.

October 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
Sunday Times (UK)

Without resorting to cheap frights or bogeymen, Vinyan locates its horror in the human heart of darkness.

October 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Don't Look Now meets Heart of Darkness.

October 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

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.

October 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

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.

October 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

A dark and pessimistic drama which goes slap-happily mad towards the end but keeps you watching all the same.

October 4, 2009 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

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.

October 4, 2009 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

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.

October 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

...an initially strong study of grief that gives way to cheap thrills.

August 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmstar Magazine

incredibly intense and, sadly, obtuse

May 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

...it's ultimately impossible to deny the effectiveness of the astonishingly grim atmosphere.

September 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Audience Reviews for Vinyan

'Vinyan' is a striking yet aimless film that fails to engage. The film charts Paul and Jeanne's search for their missing son after witnessing footage that leads them, Jeanne particularly, to believe that he is alive somewhere in the Burmese wilderness. Their son had gone missing during the 2004 Asian tsunami; however the film doesn't detail any of the event, which doesn't help in making the viewer care at all about the whole premise. Jeanne is somehow adamant that her son is alive, based on brief, bad quality footage. Indeed, Jeanne is unfortunately one of those irrational, hysterical, self-centred women that make films of this ilk rather irritating to watch. She regularly begins to feel sorry for herself, so much so that the task of walking across a muddy landscape is just too much for her and she starts falling over, clearly on purpose, to let her husband know just how discontented she is. Jeanne and her silicone injected lips lace the film with aggravation. Paul, who is going through this traumatic experience just as much as Jeanne, is measured and sensible, but he is still not a character one feels inclined to empathise with at any moment, apart from when his wife is being a pain in the arse, perhaps.

I didn't care for their cause at all; the whole thing was a lingering shot of rain, landscapes and tribal children. At times the film was slightly creepy, but that was the extent of its power; considering I watched this film as part of the 'Fright Fest' season, that's quite a major flaw. Not only does this film not work as a horror, it doesn't work on any other level either.

Due to its utter vacuity, there isnâ(TM)t much to say apart from that it is Art House nonsense - all visuals and no narrative.
August 29, 2012
Jack Hawkins
Jack Hawkins

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Think 'Don't Look Now' crossed with 'Lord of the Flies' but with characters drawn with such extreme bourgeois naivety that it's impossible to elicit the slightest sympathy for (precursors to the punchable leads of von Trier's 'Antichrist' for sure). The longueurs would be fine and cinematic if we liked or empathised with these people - I would have been quite thrilled by the slightly abstract, lingering close-ups of Sewell and Béart if the overwhelming urge wasn't to slap some sense into them.
However it's still a very intriguing tease that gets so under the skin that it's hard to shake off too thoroughly without shuddering. Seared with some genuinely sinister and gothic sequences - horrid dream sequences that blur the line between what's real and imagined/dreaded, a vile dirty jungle so reeking of death and decay that you wonder why anyone would think anything living could be found there - it's not till it's over that, apart from humans, you realise we haven't encountered a single living beast or insect. It's nothing less than a descent into Hell of course.
And the totally over the top, completely bonkers finale suddenly makes things worth the effort. Horrific, beautiful, disgusting and disturbing all at once. I would have laughed my tits off at it's final shots if I wasn't more than a little terrified.
September 26, 2010
McKittrick

Super Reviewer

Ridiculous at times, but also enjoyable to watch. Emmanuelle Beart wavers between hidious and gorgeous, depending on the shot. Her character makes you want to punch her in the ovary. However, children with punji sticks cannot be ignored as awesome. Also, where else can you see 50 children groping a grown woman's breast? I love the French.
April 15, 2009
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