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Disappearance: TIFF17 Review

by Charles Trapunski

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One of two films entitled Disappearance that are playing at the film festival, (careful not to confuse this one with the Iranian film of the same title), Rifka Lodeizen stars in this one.  Disappearance is a weird movie to say the least. At least one scene will shock and confuse, and though Ingmar Bergman and Autumn Sonata are mentioned often in descriptions, there is a style all its own to this Dutch-Norwegian title that is not in the least Swedish. Complicating matters further, Lodeizen also has another film playing at TIFF.

Credit director Boudewijn Koole for trying something a little bit different in the atmospheric story of a photojournalist (Lodeizen) who returns home to see her dying mother and inspires her half-brother (Marcus Hanssen). The relationship between Roos and Bengt makes up the core of the film, but so too does that of Roos and her mother, and the cold and the snow, and perhaps there are too many disparate elements at play to make a cohesive whole, but it is interesting to watch.

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