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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…
You start with an idea in your head, and you take a step...
I saw the remake of this film once, 20 years ago, and to be honest I had no idea it was a remake at the time. Only learned years later of the original's existence when I saw it was part of the Criterion Collection and eventually finding out it was in fact not the one I had already seen. Since the remake didn't leave much of an impression on me (I didn't even remember Sandra Bullock was in it) my interest in seeing the original film wasn't exactly sparked.
Ik snap niet waarom dit zo een succes heeft gehad. Totaal niet. Vertellingsstructuur werkt verwarrend (ook al is alles duidelijk) en zorgt ervoor dat ik de kans niet krijg om mee te gaan in het verhaal. Dit zou een thriller zijn...geen hol van gemerkt. Lang geleden dat ik mij zo heb verveeld bij het kijken van een film.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The exact moment this went from a classic to a potential all-time favorite was when Raymond explains to Rex his rationale for abducting Saskia: he just wanted to see if he could do it. He illustrates this by recalling a childhood experience in which he leapt from a three-story railing just to "go against" his brain telling him not to. I immediately matched this with my own strange habit of always hanging my phone over a balcony but never considering actually dropping it. So that was scarily relatable in a weird way, although, like Raymond says, "no one ever actually does it". Raymond, along with Choi Min-Sik in Sympathy for Lady Vengeance and John Lithgow's Trinity Killer, joins the Hall of Fame for sadistic, sociopathic criminals who live a double life as seemingly upstanding, mild-mannered family men. The Vanishing is the standard for subtle creepiness.
Chilling. Well done. Amazing finish, I love the Tour de France radio broadcast scattered through the whole thing.
Best Dutch thriller I've seen..
A movie that wouldn't have worked half as well had it's ending been anything different. The entire movie is eerie, with a mounting dread that is paid off with that utterly frightening finale.
Now I wouldn't consider this a horror film but I could see how it would absolutely terrify someone. I saw it more as a thriller and not a "who done it" but rather a "how'd he do it" which I loved. The editing, pacing, and placement of scenes is so incredibly well done. This was an exceptional blind Criterion purchase and I'm so glad that I landed on this one.
Nosotros matamos a Rex.
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Wait, what? No. No!
This movie is quite good.
DEAD BY DAWN 2015
I love this movie. It starts off grim then turns into an amusing movie to the point you forget what is happening then gets completely grim again. The gas station scene is set up beautifully and well paced. The moments when we see the kidnapper practice and perfect his new trade are amusing and always with a subtle hint of sinister.
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