3.5 - A disturbing story told with restraint and maturity, as well as making you piece all the pieces together and not doing shock value on the screen, The Vanishing is a scarring, mute, quiet exploration on a psychopath's deeds mixed with slight gallows humor here and there. The tragedy is never swept away though, and the ending with the golden egg symbolism is simple and yet genius.
Why is cinema so full of vanishing women? Because they're invariably more interesting than the men looking for them, so the absence is felt. Indeed, the hero is too boring to sell the necessary obsession. The villain is a rather mild presence too, so a lot is inert. But the way it dances around the narrative hole at the center is so unexpected that I can almost take it as a parodic game. Satisfyingly unsatisfying.
It's amazing the way this movie sneaks up on you. I was never really jolted during watching, yet when I tried to stand up afterwards, my legs stood like jelly. Is it watching Lemorne, and realizing he seems so normal that if I met him, I would pick nothing up? Is it how ordinary the station looks? Is it because I'd have Rex's obsession with finding out the truth? Whatever it was, it worked. This movie will chill you
In Spanish we have a saying which states "the curiosity killed the cat" and it is so nice the way it portraits how curiosity or obsession? start leading his life to the point that he is being controlled. The end is pretty outside the box and I guess this (or the book) was an influence to Prisoners. Moreover, Spoorloos feels so reliable like it has indeed happened although remains extremly unusual.
I don't get the love for this. I couldn't understand the psychology driving the lead, particularly when the ending seemed to be so clearly pre-ordained. I presume that this was meant to be an existential statement about the human condition and how mourning can sour into selfishness and egocentrism, but that seems really abstracted from most people's experiences of loss. I didn't buy it - too schematic and cold.
one my favorites. the charm of saskia's character and her chemistry with our lead make a super compelling overture. not that the rest isn't compelling, the plot seized me all the way through. what i love most about this movie is how it's set up, we know from the get-go who did it, but we're left in darkness in the last scenes, very little explained. a brilliantly executed thriller. remake was unnecesary
Though I still remembered the basic plot of the remake (that I watched as a child) the original still felt like multiple knife stabs at the heart. Though some of the motivation is ridiculous enough, Donnadieu and Bervoets totally fucking sell these two obsessed men perfectly.
idk, I wanted so badly to take it seriously overtime I watched it...I love the idea of a man killing for the thrill of it, to see if he could get away with it, to see what it would feel like. there's just no passion involved. without any passion in something as gruesome as this story, there's no believability.
Un conséquent succès public et médiatique, mais aussi et d'abord littéraire, qui incita - à tort - le metteur en scène batave (d'origine française), George Sluizer, d'en faire un remake aux States en 1993, pour une oeuvre somme toute prenante à souhait, avec un BP Donnadieu toujours excellent dans son étonnante interprétation, froide et lucide, d'un hallucinant psychopathe pervers et démoniaque. www.cinefiches.com
Would that I could've seen this before "calculated sociopath daylighting as banal schlub" weren't the focal point of of our trash culture. Because buddy, I'm sick to death of those stories. Even so, this movie fucking rules--Sluizer poured over the ornamental details, the editing, etc, and the tension & ambiguity are on point.