Thursday, April 20, 2017
Thursday Movie Picks: Disappearances
For the third week of April of 2017 as part of the Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer of Wandering Through the Shelves. We focus on the subject of disappearances where people are trying to find someone who has either disappeared or has been taken away by someone. It’s a very unique subject as here are three films that definitely fit the bill.
From Costa-Garvas is one of the finest political dramas about one of the darkest periods in world history set during the 1973 coup d’etat in Chile as it’s about a man and his daughter-in-law trying to find his son who had been taken by the authorities. It’s a very unique film that feature incredible performances from Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek as well as a startling commentary about this infamous event that included involvement from the U.S. in overthrowing Salvador Allende in favor of the more brutal regime of Augusto Pinochet. It’s a film many should see which includes a very heartbreaking moment inside a stadium filled with many people where Lemmon’s character talks on the microphone trying to find his son and expresses his own feelings of wanting him home.
2. The Vanishing
From George Sluzier comes one of the most chilling suspense thrillers ever about a man who tries to find his girlfriend after she had mysteriously disappeared. Based on the novel The Golden Egg by Tim Krabbe, the film isn’t just about this disappearance but also a study of humanity in its darkest ways. It’s a film that is most notable for learning about the man who kidnapped this young woman and why he abducted her as it ends up being something so fascinating that it is hard to root against him. It is truly a film that is just frightening to watch as it’s best to avoid the 1993 remake with Kiefer Sutherland, Jeff Bridges, and Sandra Bullock which is also made by Sluzier but with a lame ending.
3. Under the Sand
From Francois Ozon comes a film that is really one of his finest films of his career so far as well as the film that definitely introduced Charlotte Rampling to a new generation of filmgoers. It’s a film about a woman and her husband who go on a holiday where the husband goes swimming and doesn’t return. For the wife, she has no idea what happened as she returns home thinking he is still around but still wonders if he’s dead or alive. It’s just this very entrancing and evocative film that doesn’t just explore loss but also living alone and trying to move on as it is a film many people should see.
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