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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!)
Great foreshadowing - it used every piece of the buffalo.
Despite the fact that we have had entire films based on the end of The Vanishing, it still manages to pack a hell of a punch.
I want to take a shower now
Девушка исчезает, ее жених испытывает уважение к похитителю, похититель предлагает выложить карты на стол. Скрупулезный триллер без насилия, который ошеломляет сильнее всей текущей французской хоррор-волны.
"Like every serial killer already knew, eventually fantasizing just doesn't do it for you anymore."
If this film had a little more mystery, then it would have had more of an effect. As it is, it doesn't leave much to the mind of the viewer, and the message is hammered in by dialogue, which lies on the already established imagery. In short, it is pandering.
It goes to at least one unexpected realm at the end, and if it would have stopped there, I would appreciate it more. This film relies heavily on the 'concept,' and not how it is explored. I found its lack of narrative focus to drain most possible emotion, leaving me with only an interesting plot and character arc, which in itself is fragmented.
Very well made abduction film with a creepy villain. Good acting all around and it had an authentic quality you don't usually get from Hollywood which I was hoping for with this foreign film. Definitely worth a watch even though it meanders a bit. In the end it was necessary to tell the story properly.
A cinematic punch in the gut. Beautifully and hauntingly crafted, and ingeniously edited. I can't think of a more cold, calculating cinematic main villain except for maybe Brandon from Hitchcock's "Rope".
Proof that "foreign" doesn't always equal "good".
The film made me feel hallow inside.
It depicts probably one of my greatest fears with its ending. The sense of dread and realism in its horror really gets to you offering a chilling, unsettling experience.
Donnadieu, you are one scary man.
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