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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.
When I was fifteen my teacher who taught Dutch made us read Tim Krabbé's 'Het Gouden Ei'. After reading it and discussing it in class we watched Spoorloos, based on said novel. I remember being a bit bored by the novel and thought the film was ok.
Many moons later I re-read the book and recognized it for the sucker punch that it is. (if you loved this film I urge you to read the novel, there are many excellent translations out there and it is well worth the read). A while back I hit a bit of a lull in my movie watching. Wanting to pick it up again I decided to rewatch this. Now, memory is a funny…
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.
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!)
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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…
Simply one of the best endings ever put to film, and you get a novel structure to go with it. Nothing in this film happens without a reason.
Never thought giving out meticulous answers to every question could be so riveting. The detached, almost clinical way this film moves forth is astounding. And the ending . . . almost on the level of Blow Out. Superb. Lived up to the hype.
It took me far too long to get to this one. Don't copy my mistake. This is superior thriller fare. Tense and interesting throughout, and not without moments of dark humour.
The reason a lot of cinephile watch movies is for the hope to see or experience new form of storytelling. The Vanishing fits the bill.
The Vanishing is the story of a man's despair to find out what happened to his girlfriend who vanished without any trace.
This movie is like Nolan's Memento or Hitchcock's Psycho. It's a new form of telling a suspense by breaking every rules in conventional storytelling. This is a film that plays on our fear of going against what is predestined, the fear of discovering, and seeing what's on the road less traveled...
A really great psychological suspense
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I really like everything about this movie - the writing, atmosphere, mood, all that stuff....EXCEPT THE ENDING.
No one in that situation would drink that coffee. He'd find another way to get the truth out of the bastard, he was clearly stronger.
I wouldn't have minded if the director choose to go with a version of the ending they used for the 1993 American adaptation (Maybe a less comical/shitty attempt at it). It would have been cool to see Rex's new girl friend being a sleuth throughout the movie after they part - eventually saving him, them escaping, get the police after Raymond. I mean, she was useless in this as it is. You would still have a heavy macabre element with the fate of his old girl friend.
Although I didn't find The Vanishing overly suspenseful, I did greatly appreciate how well developed the characters were and just how methodically the film progressed. This is definitely a hallmark psychological thriller.
A masterful tragedy set in the beautiful country side of Europe.
You wait for the vanishing to happen, at first it seems it may happen in a tunnel when the husband leaves the wife all alone to get gas.
And then you think it's going to happen when she enters a petrol station for a frisbee.
And then it happens, after we get plenty of time to understand the young couple's relationship and their affection for each other. That chunk in the petrol station when he starts looking for her, and we know what's happened is heart pounding.
The rest of the movie plays out so slowly, in a great way. You want to know what happened but the filmmaker…
Has aged very well. Hadn't seen in in 20 years and I was completely entranced.
Simply one of the most chilling portraits of a sociopath ever made. By removing the mystery, we are forced to contemplate the humanity, not only of Raymond, the calculating killer, but of Rex, the lover obsessed with learning about the fate of the abducted Soskia. We find that obsession is a two way street; these men are not so different. Man will do anything to tempt fate, even if it means ultimately succumbing to it.
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