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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!)
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…
The Dutch original of The Vanishing has a reputation of being one of the best mystery thrillers out there, and it certainly lives upto that claim. It succeeds because it so believable, realistic and down to earth. There is nothing pompous or over dramatic about it. A couple stop off at a busy service station in France. The man fills up his car and the woman goes into the shop to get some snacks. She vanishes without a trace and he spends years painstakingly wondering and searching. The structure of the film is very clever because we have 2 very different subplots going on that gradually converge into one story. The film begins telling the story of Rex (a dead…
There are likely earlier examples of these kinds of knotty "clinical thrillers," but this might be the point where it crystallized into the perfect sociopathic mutant. There's no air of pulp or sleaze, just quiet menace, which makes it about a thousand times more unnerving. Eugene Bervoets isn't trying assemble a jigsaw puzzle, he's trying to put a shredded photograph back together. And it's all guided by a frightfully sure hand, unraveling expertly like a bad, bad feeling over 107 minutes. It also helps that Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu is an all-time great baddie, like the paunchy evil French version of Alan Tudyk.
At one point in this film a french and a dutch man are discussing last names. The dutch man mentions the meanings of some dutch names and how absurd they sound, and the french man replies, stating that a man in his phone book has the last name "Poof". Kinda clever for a movie about someone vanishing tbh fam.
Llegué a The Vanishing gracias al buscador de Horror por highest rating de Letterboxd, y aunque no encontré el horror que venía dispuesto a ver, no se puede negar la experiencia casi única que brinda esta película. Absorbente, inquietante y bastante creepy de inicio a final, con unos personajes bastante particulares y que posiblemente no se vuelva encontrar en otro film del género (mystery/thriller not horror), especialmente uno en específico.
The Vanishing es un gran film de mystery con grandes interpretaciones y tomas muy acertadas, que no se te borra fácilmente de la cabeza y que posiblemente pases días recordando todo lo que sucede en ella. Una película que se recomienda a cualquiera y que difícilmente decepciona.
"You start with…
"I had a dream I was trapped inside a golden egg."
So there are a lot of feelings I had towards this movie, which is a good thing. I did like the film but there was room for improvement, and the ending is super fucked up, but there was a incredible tale at center of the film revolving around obsession and the two men it consumes. the way it tells the story is also interesting and puts the the viewer in two different subjective points of view. It's a really good flick, just not great.
Film #11 of the "Scavenger Hunt #5 Challenge"
Item #23: A movie where the bad guy wins
What a wonderful look into the mind of a sociopath.
Such a simple yet smart movie.
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