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Vinyan (2008) FotW #340

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Post by Cocoa » July 5th, 2020, 6:16 pm

Film of the Week #340: Vinyan (2008)

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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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#997(⇧214, #1211) Vinyan (2008)
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Directed by: Fabrice du Welz
(159.48 Pts, 3 Votes) , Top 1–10–50: 0–0–2
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Post by Onderhond » July 5th, 2020, 7:33 pm

Awesome film! (though the reason for choosing it is quite depressing)

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Post by matthewscott8 » July 5th, 2020, 9:25 pm

I saw this back in the day, 5.2/10 is unfair for this movie, but it's not a film I would expect to see on classics lists. It's an interesting heterosexual couply movie, how far do you go in trusting your wife's emotional sixth sense, how far should logic be defied. A leap of faith into the abyss...

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Post by Onderhond » July 5th, 2020, 10:09 pm

The problem is that it was "sold" as a horror movie back when it was released, which attracted the wrong crowds.

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Post by matthewscott8 » July 5th, 2020, 10:15 pm

Onderhond wrote:
July 5th, 2020, 10:09 pm
The problem is that it was "sold" as a horror movie back when it was released, which attracted the wrong crowds.
Yup, it's certainly not a purist horror movie, it just happens to have some genre trappings. von Trier's Antichrist is probably its closest relative in spirit for me.

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Post by Lakigigar » July 5th, 2020, 11:07 pm

7/10 here.

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Post by Cinepolis » July 6th, 2020, 11:07 am

Interesting genre-bending movie. It didn't leave a lasting impression on me though.

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Post by Onderhond » July 6th, 2020, 11:20 am

matthewscott8 wrote:
July 5th, 2020, 10:15 pm
Onderhond wrote:
July 5th, 2020, 10:09 pm
The problem is that it was "sold" as a horror movie back when it was released, which attracted the wrong crowds.
Yup, it's certainly not a purist horror movie, it just happens to have some genre trappings. von Trier's Antichrist is probably its closest relative in spirit for me.
Yeah, that's not a bad comparison, though I wouldn't say that loving/hating one would lead to feeling the same about the other.

The involvement of Benoît Debie is reason enough to give this film a try, Fabrice du Welz is the other (Vinyan is probably a good gateway film to his other work). What probably hurts most are the Lo Imposible stats: 7.6/10 (190,728)

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Post by cinewest » July 7th, 2020, 3:19 am

I saw this one by accident, since I usually don't go in for stuff labeled as "horror," and also agree that this film deserves a lot more positive attention than it has received.

Not sure if Mathew or underhand have seen the Argentine film, Blood Appears, but I recommend that one as another genre bender that is surprisingly original.

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Post by Armoreska » July 8th, 2020, 7:23 am

I've got a deja vu watching this movie.
Rufus Sewell is the king of playing those perplexed characters in weird meandering movies.
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Post by Cocoa » July 11th, 2020, 3:41 pm

Wow, the film really takes a nosedive after 30 minutes or so once the plot is revealed and the adventure starts. The acting becomes noticeably terrible and just feels like it gets worse as time goes on.

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Post by joachimt » July 14th, 2020, 8:20 pm

Bit late to the party this time, since the new week already started.

Low IMDb-rating. Low MM-rating. Onderhond loves it. Only official list is TSZDT.
That normally isn't a good recommendation at all, but this is an exception. I really liked the dark atmosphere that went deeper and deeper. I had no problems with the acting at all. Loved the final sequence. I never expected the ending
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to be a clear happy Hollywood ending. This really fit the movie.
@Armoreska: what do you mean with deja vu? I felt an Apocalypse Now vibe especially in the end.
8/10

Is this on our underrated list? If not, should be.
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Post by Onderhond » July 14th, 2020, 8:41 pm

joachimt wrote:
July 14th, 2020, 8:20 pm
Onderhond loves it.
Just out of curiosity, what are your check/favorite/dislike stats on my toplist?

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Post by Lakigigar » July 14th, 2020, 10:57 pm

Onderhond wrote:
July 14th, 2020, 8:41 pm
joachimt wrote:
July 14th, 2020, 8:20 pm
Onderhond loves it.
Just out of curiosity, what are your check/favorite/dislike stats on my toplist?
71/625

28/9

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Post by joachimt » July 15th, 2020, 5:21 am

Onderhond wrote:
July 14th, 2020, 8:41 pm
joachimt wrote:
July 14th, 2020, 8:20 pm
Onderhond loves it.
Just out of curiosity, what are your check/favorite/dislike stats on my toplist?
Not too bad actually. :o

Seen 138/625
Fav 21/138
Dis 9/138

I think it's worse the other way around. What's your ratio on this?
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Post by Onderhond » July 15th, 2020, 6:27 am

joachimt wrote:
July 15th, 2020, 5:21 am
I think it's worse the other way around. What's your ratio on this?
https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/fav ... r=joachimt
It's worse alright (except I have bronze on your list, you're not even halfway bronze on mine :D)

300/568 (52.82%)
035/300 (11.67%)
106/300 (35.33%)
joachimt wrote:
July 15th, 2020, 5:21 am
Not too bad actually. :o
Especially since animation isn't really your thing!
I get the feeling people assume they won't like my favorites because I don't like theirs, but it's not quite that simple of course. :)

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Post by Armoreska » July 15th, 2020, 9:21 am

joachimt wrote:
July 14th, 2020, 8:20 pm
@Armoreska: what do you mean with deja vu
Like I've already watched it? Because of that Rufus Sewell + mystical natives vibe.
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viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1434
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Post by joachimt » July 15th, 2020, 3:29 pm

Onderhond wrote:
July 15th, 2020, 6:27 am
joachimt wrote:
July 15th, 2020, 5:21 am
I think it's worse the other way around. What's your ratio on this?
https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/fav ... r=joachimt
It's worse alright (except I have bronze on your list, you're not even halfway bronze on mine :D)

300/568 (52.82%)
035/300 (11.67%)
106/300 (35.33%)
joachimt wrote:
July 15th, 2020, 5:21 am
Not too bad actually. :o
Especially since animation isn't really your thing!
I get the feeling people assume they won't like my favorites because I don't like theirs, but it's not quite that simple of course. :)
I actually don't assume to dislike your recommendations, I expect them to be mediocre or just okay. When I look at your favs-list, I see a lot of titles that are "nothing special" to me (lots of 6/10). I don't dislike a movie that easy.
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