Disappearances (2007)

Disappearances

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Movie Info

Just before the repeal of Prohibition, a father, desperate to save his Vermont farm near the Canadian border, journeys into the Canadian wilderness with his son hoping to score big money on a whiskey-running escapade.

Rating: PG-13 (for violence and some thematic elements)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Jay Craven
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 3, 2007
Runtime:
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Cast


as Quebec Bill Bonhomme

as Wild Bill Bonhomme

as Henry Coville

as Rat Kinneson

as Carcajou

as Evangeline

as Brother St. Hillaire

as Brother St. Paul

as Frog Lamundy

as Sheriff

as Andre LaChance

as Little Gretchen

as Bartender

as Origene LaChance

as Henchman

as Henchman

as Compton
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Critic Reviews for Disappearances

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (14)

A marvelous, subtly crafted elegy to a bygone era that balances its scenes of violence and gunplay with laconic humor.

Full Review… | June 7, 2007
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Magic realism is a tricky thing to pull off in a movie, and Disappearances, the third of Mr. Craven's films based on Mr. Mosher's novels, only occasionally succeeds.

May 14, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

The beautifully photographed Disappearances is solidly old-fashioned entertainment.

Full Review… | May 11, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

The film is lovely to look at, but makes not a lick of sense.

Full Review… | May 11, 2007
New York Daily News
Top Critic

If you're one of those people (like this reviewer) who can watch Kris Kristofferson do just about anything, you won't insist on the references being that solid.

Full Review… | May 10, 2007
Newsday
Top Critic

Alas, the story descends into mystical mumbo jumbo.

Full Review… | May 10, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Disappearances

½

Honestly, I only rented Disappearances because there were a bunch of old people on the DVD cover and the concept of a Western filled with senior citizens intrigued me. The film didn't really deliver on that, sadly, and what could have been Actual Country for Old Men instead was made into a generic spaghetti flick with a dash of magical realism for flair.

The best part of Disappearances by far is the teleporting aunt, because hell, it's a teleporting old woman who spouts off Shakespeare and shoots people. You can't miss the potential in that. Also, the film looks great; even though it was shot on the cheap (budgeted at 1.7 million dollars), the director does an admirable job using natural scenery to create atmosphere. Unfortunately, that's pretty much where the unique parts of Disappearances come to a halt. The plot is some hoary nonsense about smuggling whiskey that gets completely dropped in the last twenty minutes of the movie to make way for shit randomly disappearing and some ridiculous subplot about a curse. I guess these seemed like neat elements to include in a Western, but they just didn't fit here.

The kid gave probably one of the worst child performances I've ever seen. Every line he delivered took me straight out of the movie, which wasn't that hard in the first place because it's not particularly gripping. They should have just put teleporting lady in his place and the movie would have been ten times better. The rest of the acting isn't bad; I guess Kris Kristofferson is important or something, which is why he ends up doing movies like this, right?

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Drew Smith

Super Reviewer

I've stated in the past that you have to kiss a lot of frogs when you venture into the realm of independent films. With that said, I must admit that we've had a good run of late and seen some truly outstanding movies. That run came to a screeching halt with this flick and I take full responsibility for having chosen this dog. One has to imagine that it was very well received in whatever art house it played in, but went over with a thud in our house. The two star rating is for the cinematography, set design and with the exception of one particular character and his henchmen, for the costuming.

broadwaymo
Moe E

Super Reviewer

I liked the western influences on the era it was set in, the early 1930's. Very good score and cinematography. A real effort was made to capture the time. Good performances from everyone. Moody atmosphere. The pacing is a little too slow sometimes, but the overall effect of the movie is impressive. Good story, nicely directed.

jam233
James Higgins

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