Emmanuelle Béart, Rufus Sewell, Julie Dreyfus / Fiction / English, Thai
A hallucinatory jungle horror, from the director of Calvaire (EIFF 2004).
Fabrice Du Welz
Born in 1972, Fabrice Du Welz gorged himself on horror movies before studying dramatic arts in Liège and directing at INSAS. He followed his short film Quand on est amoureux c’est merveilleux with his first full-length feature Calvaire, which screened in Critics' Week at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. Vinyan is his second feature film.
#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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