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Vanishing Waves (2013)




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A bold, visionary work of science fiction cinema that recalls the genre in its cerebral 1960s and '70s golden age, just as it simultaneously forges new territory with its unique fusion of emotional melodrama and hallucinatory widescreen spectacle, Vanishing Waves is one of the most accomplished and distinctive European films in recent memory. The second solo feature from Lithuanian director Kristina Buozyte, following her acclaimed 2008 debut The Collectress, the 2012 production Vanishing Waves confirms Buozyte as a major young talent whose frequently breathtaking visual and technical gifts are thankfully also matched by her interest in complex characterizations, adventurous narratives, and challenging themes. (c) Artsploitation

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Critic Reviews for Vanishing Waves

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

There are interesting themes: about how much of the impulse to love is hidden from the conscious mind, and how much of sex is fantasy. But the impact is diminished by lifeless leads.

March 15, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

This Lithuanian love story from Kristina Buozyte offers a discomfiting blend of visual ecstasy and narrative sterility.

March 14, 2013 | Rating: 2/5

Buozyte and her co-writer and "visual style author" Bruno Samper make the most of pricey-looking production design, cocooning their leads in soft white light, prowling dolly shots, and shimmering special effects.

March 12, 2013 | Full Review…

It's derivative to a fault-but a deserved midnight-movie cult following is all but assured.

March 12, 2013 | Rating: 3/5
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Plot and character sketchiness aside, though, Vanishing Waves is incredibly absorbing, because Buozyte and Samper are smart about how sexual urges can override all reason and obligation.

July 23, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

...once the conceit is revealed, the attention-span vanishes.

March 26, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Vanishing Waves


A scientist experimenting with technology that would allow people to enter the minds of others creates an ethical dilemma when he falls in love with his subject: a young woman trapped in a coma. Inventive visuals, strange eroticism and a confusing third act highlight this literal mind trip, an unusual and expensive-looking science fiction piece from Lithuania.

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