Kloipy is Haunted by Vinyan
The movie starts off with a long shot underwater; sounds of the waves slowly turn into sounds of screaming. We find out that the main characters lost their son during the Tsunami in ’04. Played brilliantly by Rufus Sewell as Paul and Emmanuelle Beart as Jeanne. Both of these actors are exceptional in their respective roles and I believe they both brought their own personal grief into this film. They start out as a couple that, while in love, are still coming to terms with losing their child. While at a humanitarian meeting, they are shown a video of the relief aid in Myanmar. In the video there is a boy that is out of place, wearing a red shirt. Jeanne automatically recognizes the child as her own son, Josh. No one else seems to see what she does but she is certain of it and begs Paul to let them search for him, even if it is a lost cause.
This leads them into the confusing back alleys and into the belly of the city to meet a man who is able to acquire safe passage on a boat. These scenes are wonderfully done. The noise of the crowds and the language barriers add to the tension. They don’t fully understand each other and it adds to the confusion of what is to lie ahead for them. Soon they find themselves on a beat up boat which is captained by a more than shady man. Paul has reservations about the trip not that he doesn’t love or want his son back, but afraid for his wife as she increasingly becomes unstable. Jeanne has tunnel vision, which is understandable. She refuses to believe that she could be wrong. That child on the tape was her son, and she won’t let anyone, even Paul, change her mind about it. After being led around into the mouth of the jungle, the captain tells them that they have found Josh and they need only come to get him back. Paul and Jeanne are ecstatic about finding their child. They are led to a shack in which Josh is supposed to be and when they go to get him a child comes forward, but it isn’t their son. Paul is furious, but Jeanne only sees this child as Josh. She protests against Paul because she knows it is Josh. Paul has to drag her from the hut and away from the boy.
Paul wants to go home but he also loves his wife. He chooses to continue on with her in hopes that something will snap her back into reality. They make their way deeper into the jungle and that’s where I will stop with synopsis. The rest of the film is better left unspoiled. I think again this is a film that will split people in its culmination; however, I feel it was a fantastic way to end, in mud and metaphor.
In a way, Vinyan itself is all a metaphor, or at least a meaningful dream. The film tells you that Vinyan is someone who dies a horrible death, leaving their spirit confused and angry. I think this is better telling of a living person, at least of the people in this film. To metaphorically die in spirit; leaving only the anger and confusion. As a parent, I think it hit me harder. I understand the plight of Paul and Jeanne as I would go to the same measures in order to find my daughter. Although being a parent is the greatest reward, it is also the strongest responsibility you can ever face. They rely upon you and you do everything in your power to keep them safe. You delude yourself to think that they will never get hurt, get in to trouble, or worse. However, the movie understands the danger in delusion. That way that we are able to believe what we want, even if our heart knows it is untrue. That belief that can become more real than reality. We are fragile creatures and along with having a higher intelligence; births a more unstable base. We want to control our surroundings; to make life work for us and when we can’t control the external, we warp the internal to fit what we need. We constantly teeter on the edge as humans. We check the house for strange noises in the night. We feel people looking at us, thinking about us when we pass by them. We try to control our anger in fear that someone will see and ship us off as a danger to society. What scares us most about insanity is the fact that deep down, we all know it. We’ve all seen its face and we run fast to put it in the dark of our unconscious.
What this movie does so well is to demonstrate these feelings with more subtlety. It never feels like it is trying to force a message. It just floats by, seeming harmless enough, but in its wake leaves barbs that stick with you long after it is gone. I highly recommend catching this movie if you get the chance. For a small film, it’s big on scope and meaning, which lacks so much these days. Until next time.