All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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…
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!)
Included In Lists:
Criterion Collection - #133
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…
Slow burn thriller following the circumstances around the aftermath of a kidnapping, both the killer and lover of the deceased.
Great character story, really charismatic villain in this film. The movie is mostly buildup (great buildup, but buildup) but the reveal is bonechilling and makes for a spectacular final scene.
I expected more than I received. The ending is one of the best I've seen in years though.
The way this story unfolds is pretty cool. Also, the professor is super creepy and I love the way his character is written. Really sold this movie and it definitely leaves you unnerved.
I'm gonna do the respectable thing and not watch the American remake.
Holy shit is this movie good! And frightening! No Hollywood ending in this movie. That girl is gorgeous! Some Dutch brilliance!
Simple y cruel, esta es de las que golpean fuerte. Al final uno también se ve ahí parado, bajo la lluvia, sabiendo que irremediablemente va a beber por ella.
Creepy Chemistry teacher gives us all a bad name by repeatedly trying to chloroform and kidnap young ladies and when he actually succeeds it causes a dense network of repercussions.
Criterion Blu-Ray #54. Is it bad that I was underwhelmed by the ending? Possibly a case of much too high expectations based on all of the hype, but also because the preceding 90+ minutes were so taut and chilling and I was expecting something along the lines of the recently watched Fat Girl. Still, as a singular entity in its own right, this is all kinds of great.
The novel 'Het Gouden Ei' intrigued me back when I read in high school as part of the curriculum.
(Almost every student wrote a report on this, as it was the shortest on the list of available novels)
It didn't interest me so much when I was reading it, but once time had passed after having finished it, boring concepts turned interesting and incomprehensible characters became understandable.
So now six years later (give or take), I decided to give this movie a shot after I saw it was part of the Criterion Collection.
From my experience, most Dutch movies are quite... not very good, decent at best. There's perhaps only a handful of Dutch movies to which I can claim…
The right amount of weirdness and great suspense make it an interesting watch, definitely memorable.
I would have liked more pleasant victims though, because at the end I enjoyed the film more when they weren't on screen, but they're not the real focus of the movie anyway.
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