A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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,…
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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…
George Sluizer lets his film The Vanishing slowly simmer to a point of emotional trauma that an audience believes they can handle, ever-delicately creating an aura of tension and grounding itself to reality to remind you that yes, this could happen just before boiling over; a sudden confrontation of dread and long-awaiting grief that has just now decided to knock on your door at dusk, when it is darkest. Fuckin' ace.
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"We're not big on languages in France. It's difficult."
I don't understand.
This is like a pulpy summer read that you'd see on the shelf in Smiths. It's ok. The dichotomy of the protagonist and the kidnapper is interesting, and elevates this from just the average trash.
A four star average?
This isn't even a thing that I didn't like the film, I think it's neat, but it's hardly fantastic. And it got a Criterion release?!?!
Don't have anything smart to say about this, watched it late at night after a good day of films.
Donnadieu's character is the most terrifying in all of cinema.
absolute thriller. fast paced and straight to the point.
The corny score aside, this is a marvel of non-linear storytelling that effectively builds to a truly disturbing climax.
το έσωσαν λίγο 2 νυχτερινά πλάνα και το creepy τέλος
“The Vanishing” inicia con una pareja que se encuentra de vacaciones. Durante una parada en su camino, la mujer nunca regresa. En la actualidad, el hombre lleva 3 años buscándola.
En vez de enfocarse en su búsqueda, la historia nos muestra al hombre responsable por su desaparición, un sociópata con una vida común y corriente y una familia amorosa, pero con un deseo incontrolable de perseguir mujeres. De alguna forma, el asesino siente empatía por aquel hombre que no ha podido encontrar paz.
“The Vanishing” es un thriller europeo potente que nos presenta un monstruo tranquilo y desalmado. Recomendable.
What a bleak, terrifying film. That ending made me lose sleep. An overall masterpiece on obsession and human psyche.
Sheer perfection. My fourth or fifth viewing since the film's release, and I am still taking away new insights.
Be sure to watch the very short interview with Sluizer on the Criterion website. In a minute and a half he describes how the film nearly never got distribution, even after a showing at Cannes (!), and about a call he got one day from Stanley Kubrick, who said he's seen it five times and discussed it shot by shot.
This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…