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The Vanishing (Spoorloos) (1988)

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Starring (View all)
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu
Raymond Lemorne
Gene Bervoets Gene Bervoets
Rex Hofman
Johanna ter Steege Johanna ter Steege
Saskia Wagter
Gwen Eckhaus Gwen Eckhaus
Lieneke
Bernadette Le Saché Bernadette Le Saché
Simone Lemorne
Lucille Glenn Lucille Glenn
Gabrielle
Roger Souza Roger Souza
Manager


Written by
George Sluizer George Sluizer
(adaptation)


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11 years, 9 months ago at Feb 17 7:48
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Ever wonder what goes on in the mind of a kidnapper when he is planning and committing the act? Here's your chance. The kidnapper doesn't run around with a large knife or axe, he does not grin maniacally, he doesn't have a scary tone of voice, he looks entirely like an ordinary man. You wouldn't pick up out of a crowd as a dangerous man, yet he becomes more and more menacing, precisely because of ... read more

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10 years, 4 months ago at Jul 8 9:05
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For years, I heard some great things about this movie and since it was apparently one of  the best Dutch movies ever made, I was really dying to see the damned thing. So, I have been waiting all those years and even though I have been living in the Netherlands for almost 10 years, for some weird reasons, it was never on TV whereas the disappointing American remake had been broadcast at least 3 ti... read more

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2 years, 6 months ago at May 22 21:59
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Logic and lucidity propel the action from the outset of George Sluizer's Dutch thriller, as two lovers share loaded exchanges and portents on their road trip to France. Such deep significance and euphemism may seem innocuous at first, but once the titular vanishing occurs, the story shifts into atypical territory and every spoken word or gesture becomes relevant to the plot mechanics and methodica... read more
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Young lovers Rex and Saskia are on holiday. 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. But the truth is more sinister than he dared imagine.
Release date: 27 October 1988
UPC: 014381426427
Tags: Kidnapping (11), Thriller (10), Drama (9), Mystery (9), Dutch (9), France (9), Obsession (8), Netherlands (8), Serial Killer (7), Horror (6), Crime (5), 1980s (5), Buried Alive (5), Gas Station (4), Romance (4), Missing Person (3), Truck Stop (3), Search (3), 1988 (3), Adaptation (3)
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“Logic and lucidity propel the action from the outset of George Sluizer's Dutch thriller, as two lovers share loaded exchanges and portents on their road trip to France. Such deep significance and euphemism may seem innocuous at first, but once the titular vanishing occurs, the story shifts into atypical territory and every spoken word or gesture becomes relevant to the plot mechanics and methodical visual blueprint. Even though the two characters we invest in effectively end up as plot devices, the tenuous nature and essence of their implied relationship as soulmates, even if as characters they are only thinly drawn, generates a prevailing emotional weight as we grasp the finer points of the film. It is the affecting love story between them that extricates the film from the detached heartl” read more

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