Emmanuelle Béart, Rufus Sewell, Julie Dreyfus / Fiction / English, Thai
A hallucinatory jungle horror, from the director of Calvaire (EIFF 2004).
Call it Apocalypse Don’t Look Now: a couple traumatised by the loss of their child undertake a frenzied upriver journey, sacrificing reason along the way. Charity worker Paul (Rufus Sewell) has begun to come to terms with the loss of his young son in the 2004 Asian tsunami, but his wife Jeanne (Emanuelle Béart) remains convinced that the boy can be found. A shady tip-off leads the couple off the beaten track - and into a nightmare.
#1 / Tuesday 23 June, 2009 / 00:59 GMTFor nutshell reviews, it would be hard to beat the "Apocalypse Don't Look Now" tag coined above. The dearth of narrative is offset by some great camera shots (Emmanuelle Beart almost chews the the reels up at her sultry, moody, pouting best) which make good use of the exotic scenery, and an atmospheric score that helps keep things ticking along nicely towards the remote Burmese rainforest 'ASBO theme park' finale. A welcoming tribe of feral sproglets dipped in chocolate and flour underline the moral of the tale - if you live on a housing estate anywhere near Cadbury's or Mother's Pride factories, beware 8-year olds with bamboo canes. Kept me engaged and curious throughout, although the limited plot is really quite, well, silly. 7/10.
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