Vinyan (2008)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  1 October 2008 (France)
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A couple are looking for their child who was lost in the tsunami - their search takes them to the dangerous Thai-Burmese waters, and then into the jungle, where they face unknown but horrifying dangers.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanne Bellmer
Paul Bellmer
Petch Osathanugrah ...
Thaksin Gao
Amporn Pankratok ...
Omm ...
Apisit Opasaimlikit ...
Boomsong (as Joey Boy)
Kurlab Lay ...
Boomsong's mom
Matt Ryder ...
Bobbie Delcastillo ...
Millionnaire 1
Susan Delcastillo ...
Woman 1
Teerawat Mulvilai ...
Khun (as Teerawat Mulwilai)
Saichia Wongwirot ...
Petch (as Saichia Wongwirote)
Kitinun Siangsa-Ard ...
Gao's bodyguard


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 Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When someone dies a horrible death, their spirit becomes confused & angry. It becomes ... VINYAN.


Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for some disturbing violent content, sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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1 October 2008 (France)  »

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Espíritos Condenados  »

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€4,400,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Vinyan : a different ghost movie
11 April 2009 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

The great mistake in Vinyan is to have tried to sell it as a classical horror movie from Hollywood, like The Ruines or The Grudge.

Don't expect any cheap thrills or funny Fx, it's a deep drama about an occidental woman in Asia, falling into madness after the loss of her child, with a post-tsunami background.

I can understand why some people are so disappointed, the subject is disturbing and unusual : how can you accept the loss of your child without a clear evidence of his death, and how can you express your own pain in a devastated country where most people are going through intense sufferings, violence and poverty ?

Even if Vinyan is not perfect, i really liked the very dark atmosphere that stay with you long after the end of the film. I'm not a huge fan of Emmanuelle Béart but I think she is quite convincing in this role, far from her usual characters.

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