The Vanishing / Spoorloos

The Vanishing (Dutch: Spoorloos, literally “Traceless” or “Without a Trace”) is a Dutch-French thriller film released on 27 October 1988, directed by George Sluizer. It was adapted from the novella The Golden Egg (1984) by Tim Krabbé. The film stars Gene Bervoets as a man who searches obsessively for his girlfriend following her disappearance at a rest area. In France the film was released under the title L’homme qui voulait savoir (The Man Who Wanted to Know).

The Vanishing received critical acclaim. Sluizer later remade the film in English in 1993, but the remake was poorly received.


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