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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
This was really well done. I wasn't sure what to expect having only seen the remake several years ago which I have forgotten much of the story since then. This is right up my alley with my apparent love of films with obsessive characters.
Stabil thriller, första akten magisk. Kreativt berättad och otroligt starkt iscensatt.. Svagare andra och tredje akt. Stark casting, härlig textur i fotot. Långt före sin tid på många vis. En tidig Prisoners.. Mycket sevärd.
the ending is 2spooky4me
Hard not to think it's about the holocaust and the European left's inability to escape voyeurism and necrophilia in its aftermath
"Those who seek to understand the past will be buried alive within it"
Part of the 30 Countries Challenge 2015. Netherlands (21/30)
Country: The Netherlands
If there’s anything I can take away from The Vanishing, it’s that horror comes in many colors. Bumps in the night and jump frights are just one subset, but you can still get away with scaring the crap out of a viewer by being completely matter-of-fact about it. That’s the kind of horror in play here: everything is so unassuming and seemingly so commonplace that you end up wondering when the chills will start coming. And when the terror does come, it’s hard to watch because it’s never out of the realm of the ordinary. A girl inexplicably goes missing during a holiday trip to France,…
I wish this hangover would vanish
I had suspected that upon repeat viewing the tension would not be nearly as relentless. I was wrong. Sluizer's direction brings a pervading creepiness to the entire film, Lemorne (Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu) in particular, who shines as the perfect example of a grounded, yet completely terrifying villain. Even knowing what lies ahead, I was still brought to the edge of my seat, and startled by several, newly-discovered, surprises.
Tense film that also, surprisingly, plays as a dark comedy. It preys on our very worst nightmare - a single second in which everything goes wrong and everything changes. Of your happy life and future being cut right out from under you. The film teases this out at the beginning, as the audience is toyed with, as various suspenseful scenarios occur in which the titular Vanishing may occur and probably could have occurred. And then it actually does happen - in broad daylight, surrounded by people. Saskia just plain disappears, as if she never existed in the first place. But there is more than one victim. This act tortures Rex, and the terrible act which took his girlfriend away from…
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