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Expectant mother Liz wakes to find her nearly-to-term pregnancy has disappeared overnight. When doctors can find no medical explanation for the loss, police treat Liz and her husband Rick as prime suspects in what has now become a missing child case. Only Rick and Liz's brother Evan trust her version of events. As word spreads, the young couple is subjected to the unwanted attention of the police and prying neighbors. Evan feels for his sister and, as a film student, begins documenting her story. Even though he can't prove Liz's innocence, he sets out to tell her side of what happened and to set the record straight. To relieve some of Liz's grief, Rick and Evan take her on a vacation to the mountains. Evan meets a local girl named Megan and the two hit it off. Things begin to settle down and Liz's spirits even start to improve. But as Evan continues documenting their vacation, unusual patterns arise. Liz still has no real answers for the disappearance of her baby despite his interviews and questions. Evan and Rick are horrified when her condition visibly declines. No one can ignore the fact that something is very wrong with Liz. When the trip spins out of control they realize that whatever happened with Liz and her baby isn't over. None of them are safe. (c) Cinedigm


Critic Reviews for Absence

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (7)

  • It's been 15 years - can we stop remaking "The Blair Witch Project" already?

    Jul 4, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Mundane conversations and outings drag on while the central mystery takes baby steps forward, suggesting that a shorter running time or a more developed script might have better served the originality of the premise.

    Jul 4, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • Imagine for a moment what someone like Roman Polanski could do with such a loaded nightmare scenario. And then marvel at how thoroughly it's wasted in this threadbare throwaway ...

    Jul 4, 2013 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

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  • There are many things absent from this found-footage horror movie, including suspense, logic, and originality.

    Jul 2, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Absence has its moments, but in its determination not to be sensationalistic, it winds up often being far too low-key for its own good.

    Jan 25, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • There's nothing here the best entries in V/H/S didn't do better in 10 minutes or less, and with the decency to kill off their unbearable protagonists much faster.

    Jul 11, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Absence

  • Jan 24, 2014
    This is The Fourth Kind meets Paranormal Activity in a really bad way. Most of the dialogue is unnecessary, trying too hard to make it seem real. Unfortunately, what that did is lose my interest in the process.
    Chris H Super Reviewer

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