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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

Director George Sluizer’s original film was a brilliantly unsettling mood piece about a guilt-ridden man (Bervoets) who becomes obsessed with discovering how his girlfriend mysteriously disappeared from a rest stop. The Vanishing evokes panic and dread in a way few films have and draws the viewer into the repellently fascinating mind of the playful villain (Donnadieu). Four years later, Sluizer remade his own film for Hollywood. Although it features an off-beat performance by Bridges as the meticulous kidnapper, the result is an emasculation of the original. Not only has the role of the new girlfriend (Nancy Travis) been beefed up and Americanized, but the horrifying ending has been changed as well. For shame. Rent the first. A

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