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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.
She looks beautiful in the sunlight. It's the type of moment that you take for granted because you assume the world owes you thousands more just like it. You never believe it could be the last until it is, and even then you probably won't believe it. You refuse to believe it. You look at her there, basking in the glow of a world so seemingly perfect and on face value it's just another day. She looks beautiful in the sunlight, and it will shine tomorrow and the next day and the day after that.
Only the sun suddenly stops shining. The world seems so dark. You look for her there, anywhere, everywhere but you see nothing. It was just…
Spoorloos aka The Vanishing is a Dutch thriller based on the novel The Golden Egg, which is the magnum opus of author Tim Krabbé and the film serves as the crowning achievement of Dutch director George Sluizer's career. The story portrays a man, Rex, whose wife is kidnapped during a vacation in France as well as the perspective of the man responsible for her disappearance.
What struck me most when watching the film was the unusual, but intriguing story structure and how it was used to offer the viewer a full dive into the mind of the disturbed man rather than just a glimpse. It is a different kind of "whodunnit?" since we know early on whom the kidnapper is,…
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!)
a really good mystery/story of obsession. very well shot. great performances, even by the young actors. american thrillers should really take notes from the gradual tension building and interesting storytelling of movies like this.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
ter steege disappears/dies too soon
Fucking love this movie.
Brilliant writing, super tight. Excellent use of a small budget. Killer ending
Eggs have never been more terrifying.
This Dutch film tells the story of a woman who disappears from a cafe and her lover who searches for her for the next three years.
This is a slow film without any action to speak of. I never got impatient with it because I was interested to see whether the man finds out what happened to the woman. He does.
In what has to be one of the most shocking endings I've ever seen, "The Vanishing" reveals what it's known for: a dark, merciless conclusion.
Highly imaginative, horror suspense picture, The Vanishing is a standout genre film that successfully builds its tension and boasts some good performances from its cast. The film relies on atmosphere and steadily builds the tension throughout, and it does so in such a way that you simply can’t tear away from the screen. The script is solid, and the cast deliver some terrific performances that make the film what it is. The Vanishing is a fine horror film, an unnerving tour de force that grabs your attention right up to the final frame. The Vanishing is a solid piece of filmmaking, and it works quite well with such a simple idea. The material is very good, and the actors definitely…
Honestly, this was bit of an odd one for me. The plot itself is feasible on paper, but as it unfolded on screen the events that transpired didn't quite add up to a plausible scenario for me. Everything seems too easy, and perhaps thats part of what makes this film unnerving for many, but for me it just seemed to tackle the subject matter too carelessly to feel truly affected. A woman disappears in broad daylight at a crowded gas station and there are no witnesses? A man devotes three years of his life to finding her, and learns absolutely nothing new in all that time? The killer stalks and teases the man but still nobody can figure out who…
This film is an allegory for existentialist man's obsessive search for truth- just kidding. Haunting ending though, but as the rule is with surprise endings-the whole movie is based around that, all's it has to offer is a couple minutes of "shock."
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…