Emmanuelle Béart – transgression vamp


Those who remember the 45-year-old French actress Emmanuelle Béart as the artist's model in Jacques Rivette's La Belle Noiseuse (1991) or as the lovely shepherdess in Manon des Sources (1986) will surely be startled by the figure she casts at the end of her new film Vinyan, caked in mud, surrounded by feral, monstrous children, and close to insanity. She plays a traumatised mother whose son has gone missing in the Asian tsunami. Desperate to get him back, she embarks on a reckless mission into the heart of the Burmese jungle.

Some critics at the Venice Festival were uncomfortable with the way that Vinyan (the title means "evil spirit") deals with subjects as emotive as the tsunami and the disappearance of a child, and with its portrayal of present-day Burma. However, Béart clearly doesn't see the movie as either a drama about political repression or about the grim legacy of the tsunami.

(The Independent UK)

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