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In Phuket Island, Thailand, the architect Paul Bellmer and his wife Jeanne lost their son Joshua in a tsunami six months ago. Jeanne is disturbed and has not accepted the loss of her beloved son. While watching some footages from Myanmar (former Burma), Jeanne is convinced that a boy wearing a Manchester United shirt in a poor village is Joshua, and Paul accepts to seek out their son in the sea gypsies camp. They hire the trafficker Thaksin Gao and they travel in the boat of master Sonchai to search Joshua. After a series of weird incidents, Sonchai leaves the trio in an abandoned village. They have to walk through the jungle where they face a journey to hell. Written by
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A father and a mother are living in Thailand, months after the tsunami that destroyed so many lives there. They lost their son in the flooding and are halfway between hopeful and completely lost and refusing to go home. When they hear the news of people selling children as slaves and see a picture of what might be their son they go out to search for more information.
Starting as the painful search for a missing family member this film clearly shows the choices one makes when faced with a problem one never should have to face. The desolation in the eyes of the parents is clear, the desperation of their choices is completely believable. And from there it goes - as the search leads them over the dark rivers one cannot escape the pain as the two of them are slide deeper and deeper into madness. Everything that happens matches the possibilities of a situation like this and that makes the film all that harder to chew down on. It's a sad tale and the ending is strange, but fitting.
7 out of 10 missing children
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