Fabrice du Welz (2008)

18 Certificate


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This atmospheric horror thriller from director Fabrice du Welz (Calvaire) stars Emmanuelle Béart and Rufus Sewell as a couple devastated by the disappearance of their son in the 2004 tsunami. Six months after that catastrophe, Béart is convinced she has spotted her son in a charity worker's video of a village in Burma, and persuades the sceptical Sewell to get them into the country to rescue him. However, the hazardous journey soon places enormous strain on the marriage, as Sewell fears that his wife's maternal mania is sapping her sanity. In only his second feature, du Welz has produced an ambitious attempt to fuse Thai cinema's ghost genre with Joseph Conrad's chilling novella about clashing civilisations, Heart of Darkness, and Nicolas Roeg's harrowing study of grief, Don't Look Now. The film's striking photography disconcerts with its eerie depiction of the forbidding landscape and the hallucinatory, and occasionally graphic, imagery. But the plotline is cluttered with implausibilities, while Béart's courageous performance too frequently lapses into histrionics.


A married couple travel to the remote jungles of Burma to search for their child who went missing following the 2004 tsunami. As they enter the forbidden area, known only to Thailand's criminal underclass, they discover a terrifying and dangerous world where men communicate with spirits of the dead. Horror, starring Emmanuelle Beart, Rufus Sewell, Julie Dreyfus and Petch Osathanugrah.

Cast & Crew

Jeanne Bellmer Emmanuelle Béart
Paul Bellmer Rufus Sewell
Thaksin Gao Petch Osathanugrah
Kim Julie Drefyus
Sokghaï Ampon Pankratok
Matthias Josse De Pauw
Sara Omm
Director Fabrice du Welz
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Language: English / ThaiColourTheatrical distributor: RevolverGuidance: Swearing, sex scenes and nudity, edited for violenceAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 2 Oct 2009