Netherlands

133. The Vanishing

When a young woman goes missing in the middle of a crowded rest area, her boyfriend Rex embarks on an obsessive three year search to discover what happened. But George Sluizer’s THE VANISHING is so much more than the psychological thriller it pretends to be. Much of the film looks at the protagonist, his relationship with his girlfriend before her disappearance as well as his search for her after. Yet just as much time is devoted to the abductor himself and his meticulous planning of the crime. The only thing that remains a mystery is what actually transpires at the rest area, and as Rex hurtles toward the dangerous truth, I was right there with him. But be warned before you also get sucked in: this film has no qualms about staring everyday evil right in the eyes.

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