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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…
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!)
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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…
The 80s fretless bass pops up enough to warrant its own SAG card.
According to Sluizer, Kubrick was so impressed by this film he watched it 10 times. Not having seen Sluizer's other work, I found the acting vey laid back for a suspense film, and liked the relatively non-star casting. The mise en scene and script are mighty fine, and for once here's a real story-driven film, not just a painting or vibe film.
Reminiscent of Chabrol in its investigations of chance, fate and evil.
See you at the Bar des Beaux Arts in Nîmes?
Hitchcock -> The Vanishing -> Haneke
Nota = 5
A slow thriller that explores obsessive behavior. This film follows the perspectives of two characters; Rex, the spouse of the missing, and Raymond, the suspected abductor. While I didn't really enjoy Rex's character, I quite liked Raymond's as he was fleshed out and we got to see what exactly his background is. With Rex, we only know that he's been searching for years for Saskia, but little is really known about him. The best parts about this film are just the slow build into the finale.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
If you haven't seen this, go watch it!
After watching the movie several times, Stanley Kubrick called director George Sluizer and told him that it was "most horrifying film I've ever seen." "Even moreso than The Shining," Sluizer asked. Kubrick said he thought so because The Shining was a ghost story, and The Vanishing was real.
This movie is so fucking terrifying. I knew the premise going in, and I was just waiting for Saskia to get kidnapped. The cinematography was very good and meaningful as we are left with Rex as he tries to figure what happened.
There were some moments that were oddly really funny amongst all the fear. Things that come to mind are watching Raymond's failed…
Hannah Arendt’s concept of the ‘banality of evil’ was formulated to describe the unassuming monstrosity of Adolf Eichmann during his trial in 1961. It can be used to describe many screen villains in subsequent years, but I’ve rarely seen a more distilled version of this idea than the character of Raymond (Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu) in George Sluizer’s The Vanishing.
Not so much a whodunit but a why-did-he-do-it, Sluizer peels back the shell of the genial family man to expose what makes him tick. The scary conclusion is that he’s not so very different from us.
The title refers to the sudden disappearance of Saskia, a young Dutch woman who vanishes from a motorway service station in France while on holiday with…
The first fifteen minutes or so are heavy on the foreshadowing and slightly cheesy, but after that the film is oppressively riveting and never lets up. While on the outside it's a cold thriller, it's also a dark and twisted love story. I would highly recommend this to fans of smart slow-burn horror. Make sure you watch the original and not the American remake.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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