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Who Has Seen This Woman?
A young man begins an obsessive search for his girlfriend after she mysteriously disappears during their sunny vacation getaway. His three-year investigation draws the attention of her abductor, a seemingly mild-mannered professor who, in truth, harbors a diabolically clinical and calculating mind. When the kidnapper contacts the man and promises to reveal his lover’s fate, The Vanishing unfolds with intense precision, culminating in a genuinely chilling finale that has unnerved audiences around the world.
With an ingenious plot structure and a black heart that seems to revel in breaking the audience's own, The Vanishing is a bleak thriller that might not have the technical bravado of Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now, but feels very similar in effect. A devastating loss, a study of grief and obsession, and an ending that is simply cruel, but feels just right. Adapted from Tim Krabbé's novella, The Golden Egg, it's a great example of the benefit of keeping the author on to co-write the screenplay. The pacing and structure work together to keep the plot barreling ahead (something other psych-thrillers occasionally stumble on by concerning too much runtime to developing the mood explicitly instead of letting the story…
Dutch brilliance. What one man is willing to do to uncover the truth of a missing loved one. What one man did that will send shivers up your spine. Thrilling. Edgy. Creepy. No Hollywood ending, but pure satisfaction after viewing.
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Review In A Nutshell:
The Vanishing is the story of a woman who suddenly disappeared and her friend, after 3 years of searching, starts to receive postcards from a mysterious person.
I found the plot of the film to be potentially intriguing, sadly it failed to keep me interested due to its unfocused characters and the lack of tension during the bulk of the film's first hour. To clarify, the setting up of the film's complication was certainly interesting and it did help set up the film's suspense and mystery which would then benefit the latter half of the film. The issue is found during the film's second act, going back and forth…
This is a story of two men. On one hand, the pain and suffering of one consumed by his grief and on the other, the fulfilment of a dark fantasy by a man who creates the perfect plan. Strangely for a thriller, there is little to no mystery over how or even why the events take place and that makes for an even more involved and powerful story.
Rex and Saskia are a young couple in love, driving their way across Europe into France. They are happy and playful, wrapped in each others space as they encompass the vast expanse of countryside heading toward their destination. She warns him about their low petrol gauge but being the typical know-it-all guy…
I'm not quite sure what I would classify Spoorloos as, but it certainly didn't feel like your run of the mill horror. I guess you could say it's more of a psychological thriller? I guess that's the point though...the most horrifying aspects of the film are about the things going on in our heads. The decisions we make and our seemingly unavoidable subconscious decisions are the most horrifying thing of all.
Wow, I forgot just how unsettling this movie truly is.
Raymond Lemorne has to be one of the most frightening, brilliant, insane villains in movie history. Hannibal Lecter's got nothing on this guy. And the way the audience finds out his goals and methods and strategy - without resorting to exposition - is simply masterful.
So much has been said about the climax of this film, so I will say no more and let you experience it for yourself. You will not forget it.
Beer: Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier - 3.5/5 (an oldie but goodie!)
While not a horror movie it is definitely one of the most terrifying and has what is probably the most frightening villain I've seen.
Breaks convention. Truly spectacular.
This movie is praised by critics and its remake hated in the same way.
The plot is very good and tremendously nasty, but like most European movies it suffers from a terrible lack of pace. The climax is terrifying.
Pretty fantastic thriller. Knowing the title and a vague outline of the plot, the opening had me on tenterhooks: the tension leading up to the vanishing was unbearable. And then to see it all again through the eyes of the criminal -- brilliant, and equally upsetting even though you can guess what happened. I really loved the structure of this thriller: it makes it something special. Haunting.
Doesn't wow me as much as the first viewing but still one of the great thrillers.
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"You start with an idea in your head. And you take a step , and then a second. Soon, you realize you're up to your neck in something intense."
The Vanishing tells the story of... yes, a vanishing. While on vacation, Rex and Saskia stop at a crowded gas station to get drinks and fill up on gas. Saskia goes in while Rex waits in the car. Rex sits, waiting for Saskia to come back out of the gas station but she never does. A simple concept that director George Sluizer and writer Tim Krabbe develop into one of the most unique character studies I've ever seen. Yes, The Vanishing is absolutely packed…
George Sluizer’s 1988 film The Vanishing is a film that almost fell through the cracks of film history. After its initial release and middling response, the film was chosen by sheer luck to fill a slot at an Australian Film Festival. It was that festival that brought international acclaim to The Vanishing, and found it a champion in Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick personally telephoned Sluizer after a repeat viewing just to discuss the film, artist to artist. He called it the most frightening film he’d ever seen (to which Sluizer replied “have you ever seen The Shining?”). This week the Criterion Collection releases their Blu-ray of the film, upgrading their original 2001 DVD release.
Read full review at Battleship Pretension - battleshippretension.com/home-video-hovel-the-vanishing-by-josh-long/#more-16149
A.V. Club review. If I'm totally honest with myself, I have to admit that this film drags quite a bit in the middle; in my memory, it's just the drive, the tunnel, the disappearance, the rehearsal, and then the final Faustian bargain, which collectively is maybe half the total running time. If I'm even more honest with myself, though, I have to admit that I don't much care.
The Vanishing holds a certain power because there's nothing in it that stretches reality too much, and no clear motive - the message here is "this could be you". That said, I was never quite hooked into the story quite as much as I expected; it feels quite Haneke-esque, or at least reminded me a little of Funny Games, but without the ultra-dread that film inspired. The incredibly cheesy score might not have helped...
Good, but not great.
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