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The Vanishing

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The Vanishing

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
107 minutes
performer:
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Gene Bervoets, Johanna Ter Steege
director:
George Sluizer
distributor:
Fox Lorber Home Video
genre:
Drama, Historical, Mystery and Thriller, Foreign Language

We gave it an A

The Vanishing is simply one of the most frightening films ever made. A young woman (Johanna Ter Steege) vacationing in France with her boyfriend (Gene Bervoets) disappears at a gas station. For three years the guilt-ridden boyfriend is consumed with uncovering the mystery. Eventually the kidnapper (Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu), a friendly family man, claustrophobe, and sociopath, makes contact with him. Will curiosity kill this particular cat?

Director George Sluizer invites the viewer into the kidnapper’s repellent, playful mind, and the film, which toys with fractured narrative forms, is as meticulously crafted as the kidnapper’s abduction plans. The Vanishing is brilliant at evoking panic; dread hangs over nearly every scene. The great advantage for video viewers is they don’t have to leave the house that night, though they will have to sleep. A

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