Movies that are slightly off.
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!)
Not much in the way of production value, but there is a solid through line in the film of cause and effect, linking from the very first scene to the very last one. The way they weave together is masterfully done, and not clear until the final five-ten minutes.
The performances are mostly solid, and the first fifteen minutes are constructed on solid and realistic feeling emotional ground which allows the audience to form the necessary bond between Saskia and Rex.
The inclusion of the abductor for so much of the early parts is something I am still unclear about. There does not seem to be a clear reason for it, as it adds little for the most part. There are perhaps two scenes of his in the first 2/3s of the film that help rather than hinder.
Overall, the emotional connections and logistical writing are cleverly done, but there's little else to see here.
Not entirely what I anticipated. It's a reserved and contemplative mystery. I expected something more....thrilling, I guess? It's compelling, if occasionally dry. It's more about the psychology of the event than the event itself. It's coolly detached, devoid of pretty much all genre cliches and refreshingly mater-of-fact. Sluizer does a great job of making us think we're learning everything we want without actually giving us everything we really need. However, those things double as occasional detriments. It's a film that's interesting but never emotionally affecting. I suppose its detached viewpoint is part of its chilling appeal, but it occasionally works against itself. Without an emotional center to balance out the detached narrative, the film has the tendency to feel somewhat…
As far as late '80s Danish-French psychological-mystery films go, it's pretty good.
That ending tho.
Quite possibly the best thriller ever made. It adheres to no clichés whatsoever, has almost no stylistic flourishes, and the anonymity of the actors only adds to the realism of the piece, and most of all makes it scarily believable. Fuck the shitty American remake, the original is where it's at.
The plot is simple. Rex and Saskia, a Dutch couple holidaying in France for the Tour de France, stop in a service station. She goes in to buy a coca cola. She never returns. The disappearance of a loved one is a terrifying idea, yet this is no whodunnit, rather a whydunnit and howdunnit; the film reveals the kidnapper almost 10 minutes into the film, and large portions follow…
Affected me to the core
The first 20 minutes of Spoorlos is genuinly some of the most terryfying ive ever seen. This was my third watch and still this quiet, naturalistic film punches me right in the stomach.
By the way, its based on a terrific novel equally depressing.
- Might just be the most horrific story i've ever heard. Seriously.
Spoorloos is a strange little thing, mostly because it defies genres. In a vacuum somewhere between the classic thriller, the suspenseful mystery, and the psychological drama, this Dutch movie tells its story counter-intuitively, and scores massively on that choice. Director George Spuizer have collaborated with the author of the source-novel, Tim Krabbé, in developing it for the screen, and together they forged a new trend way ahead of time.
In some ways, this movie reminds me of a lot of the stuff we’ve seen out of South Korea in this fresh millennium. There are elements here that in their own…
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