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Ghalia’s drawings for Vinyan, a film by Fabrice du Welz (2007)



A Disturbing Journey to Insanity
24 October 2010 | by Claudio Carvalho (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
In Phuket Island, Thailand, the architect Paul Bellmer (Rufus Sewell) and his wife Jeanne (Emmanuelle Béart) lost their son Joshua (Borhàn du Welz) 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 (Petch Osathanugrah) and they travel in the boat of master Sonchai (Amporn Pankratok) 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.

“Vinyan” is a disturbing journey to insanity visibly inspired in “Apocalypse Now” and with the same style of “Antichrist”. The slow paced plot is supported by a good screenplay, stylish cinematography that keeps the environment of a nightmare and another outstanding performance of Emmanuelle Béart. I agree that this type of movie is not for everyone, but those that like original psychological horror stories without gore, explosions and special effects, will certainly enjoy “Vinyan”.

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



Discover the notebook of Jeanne Bellmer, where she could draw her obsessions after she lost her son Joshua… by GHALIA BENALI

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