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      The Vanishing

      Now Playing 1 hr. 46 min. Mystery & Thriller List
      96% 51 Reviews Tomatometer 88% 10,000+ Ratings Audience Score Rex (Gene Bervoets) and Saskia (Johanna Ter Steege) are enjoying a biking holiday in France when, stopping at a gas station, Saskia disappears. Confounded, Rex searches everywhere, but to no avail. Three years later, he's still obsessed with finding her, pleading his case on television, putting up posters and ruining his new relationship in the process. Eventually an unassuming chemistry teacher, Raymond (Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu), approaches Rex, intimating that he knows what happened. Read More Read Less Now in Theaters Now Playing Buy Tickets

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      A clinical, maddening descent into the mind of a serial killer and a slowly unraveling hero, culminating with one of the scariest endings of all time.

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      Justin T I was disappointed with the lack of suspense in favour of drama. The movie rambled along giving us more and more insights into the mind of a serial killer without ever drawing me in or getting me excited. The three main characters were pretty dull but well acted. The ending was interesting and yet predictable. This is just too slow to entertain deeply. It's not that it's bad, it's more that the story is quite slow which is underpinned by interesting psychological aspects. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/07/24 Full Review Alec B Like "Psycho" it is compelling because of the excruciating detail we are witness to. Each sequence takes us slowly along to that horrifying ending. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/10/24 Full Review Leaburn O Slow burn thriller with a twist (sort of) that isn't quite worth the wait. The acting and initial intrigue was reasonable just could have all been better and more taut. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 07/30/23 Full Review Courtney K alright; obviously everyone's definition of the word "scary" is a little different... this film is scary in the sense of how realistic the situation actually is & not "i wont be able to sleep tonight" scary. which, i was expecting the latter & was a little disappointed. i did enjoy it & i think they did a great job story-telling, but i had hyped up that ending WAY more than i should've. all the reviews that said "watch all the way through" "wait for the ending" "one of the most horrifying endings ever". i mean... i get it. as a concept, yes, the ending is horrific: how far would you go to find out the truth? & how far can you go & not get caught? BUT literally nothing happens, so if you're waiting to witness the most horrific movie scene shot in history, you're not gonna see it. again, i'm not sure if 'disappointed' is the correct word to use - not sure what that says about me - but my expectations just were not met. but it WAS good, i DID like it; i think overall i WOULD recommend it. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 05/29/23 Full Review Elias R An unsettling look into the mind of a serial killer with a payoff that is satisfying, if somewhat lacking. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 11/11/22 Full Review Daniel G Very realistic thought provoking thriller about a mysterious disappearance of a loved one , all the power comes from a very solid unnerving and unraveling direction and a very hollow and non judgemental study about the limitless evil and the human being Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 09/13/22 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Richard Brody New Yorker Sluizer isn't among the more original stylists, but the literalness of his direction suffices to evoke the horrific and monstrous possibilities lurking behind the façades of ordinary life. Oct 30, 2020 Full Review Christy Lemire ChristyLemire.com It's an elegant, riveting piece of filmmaking. Rated: 3.5/4 Aug 20, 2018 Full Review Michael Wilmington Los Angeles Times The appalling, horrific climax of The Vanishing will haunt your mind long after this film is over. Oct 19, 2016 Full Review Rene Jordan El Nuevo Herald (Miami) A film that is literally blood chilling. [Full review in Spanish] Aug 4, 2023 Full Review Brian Susbielles InSession Film The ending itself fulfills its pledge as one of the most terrifying films ever made – and it’s done without any blood spilled. Feb 22, 2023 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com Kubrick considered Sluizer's The Vanishing a truly terrifying film, and its power is in its unsettling simplicity as it explores the potency of its nightmare scenarios. Rated: 4/5 Nov 3, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Rex (Gene Bervoets) and Saskia (Johanna Ter Steege) are enjoying a biking holiday in France when, stopping at a gas station, Saskia disappears. Confounded, Rex searches everywhere, but to no avail. Three years later, he's still obsessed with finding her, pleading his case on television, putting up posters and ruining his new relationship in the process. Eventually an unassuming chemistry teacher, Raymond (Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu), approaches Rex, intimating that he knows what happened.
      Director
      George Sluizer
      Production Co
      Argos Films
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      Dutch
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 10, 1990, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 25, 2017
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