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German title Vinyan
Original title Vinyan
Country of production United Kingdom , France , Belgium
original language English
Publishing year 2008
length 96 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Fabrice Du Welz
script Fabrice Du Welz,
Oliver Blackburn,
David Greig
production Cédric Jimenez,
Nadia Khamlichi,
Adrian Politowski
music François-Eudes Chanfrault
camera Benoît Debie
cut Colin Monie

Vinyan is a British-French drama with elements of horror . Fabrice du Welz directed it. The film premiered at the Venice International Film Festival on August 30, 2008.


The wealthy couple Jeanne and Paul lost their son Joshua in the 2004 tsunami in Thailand . Six months later, Jeanne believes she recognizes Joshua on a video from the Tanintharyi region . This inaccessible area can only be reached by boat.

In Myanmar, they hire the seedy Thaksin Gao to lead them to Joshua. First an attempt is made to present them with a boy other than Joshua. Eventually they end up in an abandoned village where, apart from a frightened elderly couple, only orphan boys live.


role actor German voice actor
Jeanne Bellmer Emmanuelle Béart Susanne von Medvey
Paul Bellmer Rufus Sewell Udo Wachtveitl


Tim Geyer wrote on the film website “Vinyan has a disturbing effect, which the director Fabrice Du Welz does not with clumsy showmanship, but with the dark beauty of his pictures, which impressively depict the drama of a mother.” Du Welz does "Many borrowings from classic horror cinema, but always with the aim of bringing the psychosomatic insights into Jeanne Bellmer's inner life."

The film review meta page Rotten Tomatoes counted a total of 10 positive and 9 negative reviews of Vinyan as of October 2017 ; only 31% of the users of the site liked the film.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. release document for Vinyan . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , August 2009 (PDF; test number: 119 172 V).
  2. Tim Geyer: Vinyan, accessed on October 22, 2017
  3. Vinyan on, accessed October 22, 2017