The Vanishing (15)
Date: Friday 3rd August
Prices: £14.90 back sofas, £12 front sofas, £10.50 std, £7.50 concs
Dutch filmmaker George Sluizer's The Vanishing is a supremely disturbing psychological thriller built from a nightmare premise – what would you do if somebody you loved disappeared into thin air?
Based on Tim Krabbé's novella The Golden Egg, the story follows Rex as he searches for his girlfriend Saskia (Johanna ter Steege) after her mysterious disappearance during a routine rest stop. Putting up posters and handing out flyers, he remains desperate to find out what happened. Meanwhile, the perpetrator - having watched Rex for some time, intrigued by his obsessive searching - finally gets in touch years later, giving Rex what he both longs for and fears: the opportunity to learn first hand of his girlfriend's fate.
Seamlessly directed by Sluizer, The Vanishing is a chilling study of the nightmarish potential for evil in the everyday. If you haven’t seen The Vanishing before, try and stay innocent of the plot’s final moments, which offer up an ending that leaves you completely floored (an ending that Sluizer’s US remake inevitably botched).