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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.
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.
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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…
This is a story of two men. On one hand, the pain and suffering of one consumed by his grief and on the other, the fulfilment of a dark fantasy by a man who creates the perfect plan. Strangely for a thriller, there is little to no mystery over how or even why the events take place and that makes for an even more involved and powerful story.
Rex and Saskia are a young couple in love, driving their way across Europe into France. They are happy and playful, wrapped in each others space as they encompass the vast expanse of countryside heading toward their destination. She warns him about their low petrol gauge but being the typical know-it-all guy…
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!)
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.
Great thriller/mystery. Portrays the human characteristic of a constant need for conclusions specifically within traumatic events, sometimes at whatever cost. One of the best endings to a film I've ever seen.
বোবা টানেলদের গল্প,আবহ সঙ্গীত আর ন্যারেটিভের টাইমলাইন এর মুনশিয়ানা এই সিনেমার থেকে শিখতে হবে। আমার সবচেয়ে কাছের বন্ধুটি হারিয়ে যাওয়ার পাঁচদিনের মাথায় এই সিনেমা দেখি। রাতের অন্ধকারে আমিও মিশে গিয়েছিলাম এই ধ্রুপদী কৃষ্ণ চলচ্চিত্রে। স্ট্যানলি কুব্রিকের ভয়াবহ পছন্দের সিনেমা এটি। আরো অনেকবার দেখব। নিজের মত নিজে খুঁজে বের করা এমন কিছু সিনেমা আমার অভিজ্ঞতার ঝুলিকে সমৃদ্ধ করছে। ভালো লাগছে। এলিয়েনেটেড মানুষ বলেই হয়তো আরো বেশি ভালো লাগে... আমিও যে উধাও হতে চাই। তবে এভাবে নয়। সোনালী বিকেলে...
This is quite a thriller!
One gets to follow a young couple where one goes missing, and at the very early onset we learn who the kidnapper is. Two parallel actions unfurl and it's very interesting to see the mindset of the kidnapper, who - despite some over-the-top acting - adds a dimension that is rarely seen in film, i.e. where the culprit isn't completely "monsterised", but is a family person who's...strange.
The direction and pacing of the film is calm, which helps the film along a great deal.
This is a great suspense movie. To have the story told from that of the vanished and the vanisher and never give away the plot is absolute movie magic.
Tim Krabbé escribió la adaptación para el cine de su propia novela The Golden Egg. El "huevo dorado" al que alude el título es una pesadilla recurrente de Saskia, la "maravillosa, dulce y exquisita" Saskia. En dicha pesadilla, tal y como le cuenta a su novio Rex mientras recorren la frontera entre Francia y Holanda en su Peugeot 404, Saskia se encuentra cautiva en el interior de un huevo dorado del que no puede salir y en el que flota eternamente a través del espacio. La soledad es insoportable. Pero esta última vez el sueño ha sido distinto, le dice a un Rex algo ausente; esta vez hay otro huevo dorado flotando por el espacio. Y si los dos huevos colisionan, todo terminará. Es entonces cuando la pareja se queda sin gasolina en mitad de un oscuro túnel.
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Here's a terrific Dutch / French production that gleefully upsets the rules for a normal thriller and takes pride in trying to unnerve it's audience.
Rex and Saskia are a cute Dutch couple vacationing in the French countryside. At a gas station the girl mysteriously disappears and Rex goes on a mission that takes years to finally find out what happened to her.
What makes The Vanishing unique is that the narrative shifts halfway thru to focus on another character. We meet Raymond a strange French family man who as the movie slowly reveals is obviously the man who took Saskia. Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu gives a chilling and fascinating performance as a true sociopath. Raymond is outwardly quiet and a good…
I was very happy to discover this movie because of its subtlety and unique take on themes that are well-tread, to say the least. I would put it in a group with Detour, Vertigo, Lost Highway, etc. in its concerns and narrative inventiveness. It builds intensely toward a complex, not easily assimilated ending. It's one of those movies that didn't hit me fully when I finished watching it, but stuck in my thoughts. It's also unique in being a movie that is utterly horrifying but has only a handful of violent scenes.
If the acting isn't exactly fist rate, it's very good and avoids cliches. The score sounds a bit dated because it's performed with very 80s synth tones, but is also very hypnotic. The new Criterion disc looked and sounded great to me.
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