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…
Among everything that The Vanishing is, it is a meticulously crafted thriller about the grieving process. In one scene, a woman reassures a man that he will get over the loss of a loved one in about half the total amount of time that they were together. It’s not quite enough for Rex Hofman (Gene Bervoets), who is so driven by curiosity that it almost seems as if he’s bypassed grief—he’s obsessed and haunted, not wallowing in self-pity. Our mind’s need to process events as narratives is often set against the unpredictability of the world, driven by chance encounters and simple misfortunes. That Rex’s narrative regarding what happened to his girlfriend (Johanna ter Steege) is forever incomplete is the catalyst…
Too often, modern thrillers feel the need to rush through information to trick the audience into thinking their inability to keep up is the same thing as being presented with complicated material. Or alternatively, they wait forever to reveal key information to create an illusion of true suspense. This film makes neither mistake, doling out information at a steady rate since Sluizer is utterly confident in the inherent thrilling nature of his material. A true masterclass in pacing.
Una ragazza Sparisce misteriosamente in un autogrill e il fidanzato Non riesce a darsi pace, per anni la cerca in tutti i modi suscitando la curiosità del suo assassino. Un Thriller Molto anni 80, semplice ma non banale, Pacato e pieno di tensione, Con un antagonista atipico, goffo, ridicolo, patetico ma allo stesso tempo un autentico mostro bastardo che è schifosamente metodico nella sua ricerca di controllo. Alla base di tutto c'è il piu grande dei misteri, il mistero assoluto di Dio e dell universo, il caos e il caso, il mistero della vita e della morte, che porta alla paura e all Dolore della perdita, amori finiti che non si dimenticano, traumi dal passato che non fanno andare avanti e che si tramutano in ossessioni autodistruttive.
What makes The Vanishing leave so indelible an impression is its nontraditional approach to tension and narrative structure. The oft-praised final third does not ratchet up the suspense with music, dramatic irony, or long takes. Instead, it barrels forward at a fascinatingly quick pace via seemingly mundane conversation and deliberately paced flashbacks. What's important is that the protagonist and the antagonist go head-to-head with interesting mind games that are steeped in emotion as opposed to shock. The way the camera refuses to adjust focus when something is revealed or patiently moves to show the audience likely what they already know provides enough thrills on its own.
Sluizer has a remarkable empathy for all the characters, from the sociopathic kidnapper to…
Definitely a haunting movie. The abductor in this film is probably one of the most evil and unsettling characters I've ever seen in a film. It was somewhat boring in the middle however the last 20-30 minutes were very suspenseful and gripping and the ending is...well you'll just have to watch and see for your self. Overall I think this movie is pretty solid and I would recommend it to anyone who is in the mood for an uneasy and disturbing movie.
Illustrates the banality of evil about as well as any horror flick I've seen.
Jesus, a real chiller. I've always been disturbed by the thought that there have been times in my life that I've been close to true evil or horror and have been completely unaware of it.
Only real flaw was that parts of the score felt a bit incongruous.
Chilling tale that suffers from influencing so many films that some choices feel like they've been "done" but that's the fate for all great movies. Really worth the watch, nails the self proclaimed sociopath character better than any other portrayal I've seen. The realness of the entire thing is what get's you, everything is just a little too close for comfort. Shocking.
This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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