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Review score: * * * * *

cast: Emmanuelle Béart, Rufus Sewell, Julie Dreyfus

year: 2008

colour: yes

certificate: -12

director: Fabrice Du Welz

runtime: 100

Devastated by the loss of their son, Joshua, in the tsunami of 2004, Paul (Rufus Sewell –The Illusionist) and Jeanne Belhmer (Emmanuelle Béart - 8 Femmes) have remained in Thailand. Since his body has never been recovered, they cling frantically to the hope that he has survived. Glimpsing a boy who looks like Joshua in video footage from a village of orphaned children on the Thai-Burmese border, Jeanne becomes convinced that her son was kidnapped by traffickers. Unwilling to shatter his wife’s last hope, Paul remains sceptical as she throws their money at a sinister smuggler who promises to take them by boat into pirate-infested waters to find their son. As they continue their quest through the dark jungle, the traumatized couple is pulled into a primeval hell created by their own obsessions and mutual desperation for some sense of closure.


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