Combustible Celluloid
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With: Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Gene Bervoets, Johanna Ter Steege
Written by: Tim Krabbe, based on his novel
Directed by: George Sluizer
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Language: French with English subtitles
Running Time: 106
Date: 08/29/1988

The Vanishing (1988)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

George Sluizer directed this brilliant, unforgettable Dutch/French suspense flick in which a young man goes through hell after his girlfriend suddenly disappears during a vacation. Sluizer breaks all the rules of the thriller by following the bad guy and showing the method to his madness in great detail. Sluizer was later hired to direct the 1993 American remake (starring Jeff Bridges), which softened the ending and made mush out of the story. But this original is still deadly and razor sharp.