The Vanishing

Overview

Based on Time Krabbe's The Golden Egg, The Vanishing is a deeply disturbing psychological thriller about a young man's search for his girlfriend after she disappears at a rest stop during a short trip. Over the course of three years, the man obsessively searches for her, using his spare time to put up posters and leave handbills, hoping that someone will give him a clue to the mystery surrounding her disappearance. The kidnapper, having watched the man for some time, is intrigued by his increasing obsession and ...
See more details below
Blu-ray (Dubbed)
$29.01
BN.com price
(Save 27%)$39.99 List Price

Overview

Based on Time Krabbe's The Golden Egg, The Vanishing is a deeply disturbing psychological thriller about a young man's search for his girlfriend after she disappears at a rest stop during a short trip. Over the course of three years, the man obsessively searches for her, using his spare time to put up posters and leave handbills, hoping that someone will give him a clue to the mystery surrounding her disappearance. The kidnapper, having watched the man for some time, is intrigued by his increasing obsession and finally contacts him. He then gives the man the opportunity to learn firsthand of his girlfriend's fate. The film, frightening and moving with a chilling conclusion, is a small masterpiece as director George Sluizer confronts and examines the true nature of evil and obsession. Sluizer remade The Vanishing in an American version four years after the release of the original Dutch film, inexplicably changing the shocking ending which gave the original film such power.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
A thriller free of onscreen violence, George Sluizer's original Dutch-French version of The Vanishing (1988) reveals the capacity for evil lurking beneath the most banal surfaces and the dangers of wanting to know too much. Adapted by Sluizer and Tim Krabbé from Krabbé's novel The Golden Egg and set in brightly bland every day locations like a highway rest stop and a country home, the story of a woman's sudden disappearance becomes a creepily deliberate examination of both the psychologically crippling impact of her vanishing on her lover, and the criminal's unfathomable motives. Shifting point of view midway through the film with an extended flashback, the viewer seems to learn everything there is to know about the crime yet what remains unseen, and the unspoken implications of what is known, deepen the disturbing effect as well as enhance the suspense. With an ending that offers chillingly inevitable closure devoid of any uplift, The Vanishing was not released in the U.S. until 1991; critics and art house audiences, though, embraced The Vanishing's resolutely dark vision. Sluizer's 1993 American remake of The Vanishing, however, became a star vehicle for Kiefer Sutherland and Jeff Bridges executed with far less subtlety.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2014
  • UPC: 715515128711
  • Original Release: 1988
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Presentation: Dubbed
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 4,780

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu Raymond Lemorne
Gene Bervoets Rex Hofman
Johanna ter Steege Saskia Wagter
Gwen Eckhaus Lieneke
Bernadette Lesache Simone Lemorne
Tania Latarjet Denise
Caroline Apperre Cashier
Mieke de Groote Belgian Tourist
Faustine Wunsche Little Girl
Lucille Glenn Gabrielle
Roger Souza Manager
Pierre Forget Farmer Laurent
Didier Rousset TV Journalist
Raphaeline Gisele Marzin
Robert Lucibello Teacher
David Bayle Lemorne (16 Years)
Doumee Lady "Prisunic"
Eric Jacquet Pump Attendant
Aziz Djahnit Pump Attendant
Linda Wise English Tourist
Ian Magilton English Tourist
Jean Grandeau German Tourist
Ghislaine Gazaix Hitchhiker
François Guizerix Cop
Technical Credits
George Sluizer Director, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter
William Abello Set Decoration/Design
Sophie Dussaud Costumes/Costume Designer
Lin Friedman Editor
François Guizerix Casting
Tim Krabbe Screenwriter
Toni Kuhn Cinematographer
Tom Kuhn Cinematographer
Anne Lordon Producer
Santiago Isidro Pin Art Director, Set Decoration/Design
Philippe Renucci Set Decoration/Design
Jeannette Snik Casting
Cor Spijk Art Director
Piotr Van Dijk Sound/Sound Designer
Hennie Vrienten Score Composer
Read More Show Less