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A couple leaves the civilized world behind and descends into a living nightmare in this chilling horror thriller. Six months after losing her only child in the Southeast Asia tsunami, Jeanne (Emmanuelle Beart, Mission: Impossible) is convinced she sees him in a film about orphans living in the jungles of Burma. While her husband (Rufus Sewell, TV's "Eleventh Hour") is worried that she's losing her mind, he still agrees to take her to search for their son together. Introduced to a dangerous gang of human traffickers, they find themselves alone and stranded in the middle of a treacherous jungle, set upon by a band of feral children. Has their search for their son led them to a fate more horrific than death?

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  • Actors: Emmanuelle Béart, Rufus Sewell, Petch Osathanugrah, Julie Dreyfus, Amporn Pankratok
  • Directors: Fabrice Du Welz
  • Writers: Fabrice Du Welz, David Greig, Oliver Blackburn
  • Producers: Adrian Politowski, Jeremy Burdek, Lizzie Francke, Michael Gentile
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001QMCJ28
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,921 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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2.7 out of 5 stars

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By C. Christopher Blackshere on March 9, 2009
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VINYAN
A spirit consumed by rage and confusion after being horribly stripped from the clutches of mortality.
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INTRODUCTION
A dismal, overwhelming sense of hopelessness resonates through every frame of this riveting mind-bender. I was a little shocked to catch this at a private screening during Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors. This movie might put your average gorehound to sleep, as the blood and guts spewage is pretty non-existent. But VINYAN has an unbelievably black tone, such a disturbing descent into madness that will leave you feeling completely drained and lifeless.
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CAST & CREW
*Lead actor--Rufus Sewell (Dark City)
*Lead actress--Emmanuelle Beart (Mission:Impossible)
*Director--Fabrice du Welz (Calvaire)
*Cinematographer--Benoit Debie (Irreversible)
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STORY
Jeanne and Paul are an American couple working in Thailand. They are totally ravaged by the loss of their son Joshua, who was swept away in the Southeast Asia Tsunami. His body was never found, which left them a tiny glimmer of hope of his survival.
Six months later at a charity fundraiser, they see a video of orphans living in the jungles of Burma. They catch a glimpse of a boy that resembles their lost child, and Jeanne becomes obsessed with searching for him.
Their treacherous journey sends them on an ill-fated quest through the jungle, led by dangerous human trafficers.
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ACTING
The two stars do a phenomenal job, very controlled and convincing. Beart especially, she completely delves into this role and is totally fearless.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. R. Martray on May 12, 2009
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If you need your movies to make perfect sense & get wrapped up with a pretty little bow at the end...than don't watch Vinyan.

On the other hand, if you can enjoy ambiguity and mystery and believe that great films don't necessarily need to make sense as long as they FEEL right, then there is a lot to enjoy in this harrowing journey called Vinyan.

Brilliant cinematography, sound design & editing really immerses the viewer in the foreign land of southeast Asia. And the two leads are outstanding as their characters enter their own Heart of Darkness.

And Heart of Darkness if the best way to put it. The content may be quite different, but this film reminded me a lot of Apocalypse Now.

Like some of the best films, there's a lot going on just under the surface here...comments on parenthood, tribal natures, and the relationships between the 1st and 3rd worlds. What exactly the film has to say is elusive...your fingertips can just barely clutch its meaning before it slips from your grasp. And so it demands repeated viewings, discussion and argument.

This is what I think make a good film...if you do too, check out Vinyan.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mike H. on December 23, 2009
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Let's get this out of the way now.......this is a weird movie. Disturbing. Genuinely creepy. Is that a good thing? Depends on what you're ready to watch, and what your tastes are.

Due to my own personal tastes in film, I'd like to think that nothing surprises me much anymore. This movie surprised me. I can honestly say I have never seen a film quite like this one. And that's really the basis of my 4-star rating. I'm not outright praising the artistry of the movie, just stating a fact. I can fully understand the negative reviews for this movie here. You may very well hate this movie, and not just casually. You might think it's a piece of irredeemable depressing garbage. You might love it. Either way you will not soon forget it. And that alone makes it worth seeing.

It doesn't hurt that it is undeniably well acted and directed, and if this movie succeeds at all it is as an exceptionally unnerving mood piece. As for the acting in particular, the fact that Rufus Sewell (Dark City, The Illusionist, Bless the Child) doesn't get many leading roles seems to have forced him to become pretty great at playing characters nearing the frenzied end of some spiraling neuroses. I really was not familiar with the leading lady (Beart) before this film. Both of them present a portrait of parental loss taken to the most desperate extreme possible, and they do it well. Yet another reason it is worth seeing on its own merits, aside from its singular weirdness.

Like all of the most effective films that aim for the disturbingly surreal mark, Venyan's greatest strength is that it's never quite outside the range of believability. Some of the jungle/Thailand settings are almost hellish, and yet you feel that they probably do exist somewhere. Somewhere you hope to never travel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carl Manes on October 18, 2010
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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.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
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