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5.0 out of 5 stars
Quintessential European Cinema, 25 July 2002
George Sluizer's "The Vanishing" is a quintessential piece of European cinema telling the story of a young couple, Rex Hofman (Gene Bervoets) and Saskia Wagter (Johanna ter Steege), whose future takes an ominous turn after stopping at a motorway service station whilst on vacation. Saskia pays a visit to the restroom whilst Rex fetches refreshments and refuels the car but, it soon becomes apparent to Rex that something terrible has happened when Saskia fails to reappear. The scene is then set for this thrilling movie which slowly reveals itself to the viewer with appropriate cut scenes informing the audience of events leading up to Saskia's disappearance, including her kidnapper's cold, methodical planning, lending the movie a wonderfully voyeuristic detachment. Filmed in French with English subtitles, "The Vanishing" climaxes with a suitably unpredictable ending which leaves the viewer slightly disorientated ensuring that this movie will be watched again and again. A modern classic not to be ignored.