Friday, March 4, 2011

The Vanishing (1988)

The Vanishing / Spoorloos (1988)

Genre: Drama / Thriller
Director: George Sluizer
Starring: Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Gene Bervoets, Johanna ter Steege
Duration: 107 min.
Rating: 7.7/10

Rex and Saskia are on holiday, a young couple in love. They stop at a busy service station and Saskia disappears. Rex dedicates the next three years trying to find her. Then he receives some postcards from her abductor, who promises to reveal what has happened to Saskia. The abductor, Raymond Lemorne, is a chilling character to whom Rex is drawn by his intense desire to learn the truth behind his lovers disappearance.


The Vanishing by George Sluizer is a film based on a Dutch novella by Tim Krabbe.  It is a very well made thriller, unique in that it has essentially no violence or gore, and also reveals the killer very early in the film, yet manages to be deeply disturbing and highly suspenseful.  I highly recommend this film, but avoid reading too much about it and see only the Dutch/French original, not the 1993 Hollywood remake of the same name.


Drackar said...

That is one...creepy ass movie.

Wiretapmyhead said...

Excellent film, saw this a few years ago and it's stayed with me. Sets a high standard for European thrillers; like you say, without showing any violence or gore, it is still so powerful.

Moviemonstrosityblog said...

Loved the novel, still have to see this film. I tni ki've read the novel when i had some presentation about it in Dutch

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