Deservedly won the Palme d'Or. Features career best performances from Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek. More relevant now than ever before in its dissection of the U.S. government's corrupt manipulation of other nations and the many people who suffer as a consequence.
Costa-Gavras has balls of steel. A great film that twists and turns with the best of them, but it has power thanks to Lemmon (cast against type), who is so believable and personable as a man witnessing his patriotic idealism shattered in slow motion, along with the rest of us.
Gavras gives 'Missing' an eerie docu-drama feel that sets it apart from other major politically charged studio releases. Although being a very distinctive example of the typical American direction vs. European direction, it does bring back to memory other phenomenal achievements such as 'In Cold Blood' and 'Call Northside 777'. This one is also a must for aspiring filmmakers.
Easily one of the best political thrillers I've ever seen. It's incredibly well acted, really sensibly directed, photographed and edited. The score by Vangelis adds a strange tension to the film and the script is perfectly written (fluid and meaningful dialogues, powerful scenes and silences...). A MUST SEE!
La película, sencilla y directa, te atrapa y no te suelta hasta su triste y honesto final. El guión es perfecto. Jack Lemmon y Sissy Spacek dan una cátedra de sobriedad y precisión interpretativa, a pesar de que la terrible situación que atraviesan sus personajes se prestaría para el llanto fácil y el histrionismo. Gran cine político afincado en las emociones humanas y no en discursos o panfletos.
Saw this tonight in a class, brilliant film. Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek are both, as mentioned below, perfectly natural, emoting with the subtlest movements and expressions. Their friendship development is totally believable, in contrast to basically all other films of the type, and the story is edited down tight, with tons of tension and a no punches pulled narrative. This being a studio picture is unbelievable.
Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek are so natural. Have you ever watched the show Without A Trace? This is basically a feature length version of that show, but with no detectives. The family has to search for themselves. It also seems to have some similarities to the newer movie, In the Valley of Elah.