Reviewed by Amanda Hayes
Starring: Francois-Xavier Demaison, Pierre-François Martin-Laval, Alix Poisson, Alice Pol, Laurent Bateau
Language: French (with English Subtitles)
Running Time: 400 minutes
Release Date: 4 July 2016
The Disappearance is a fantastic thriller based in Lyon, France. Set over 8 parts it keeps you guessing until the very end.
I really don’t want to give the ending away but the basis of the story is a teenage girl, Lea, who goes missing after a night out celebrating her 17th birthday. Her brother, Thomas, is supposed to be looking after her and seeing she gets home safely but he wants to spend the evening with his girlfriend not looking after his little sister. He asks her to text him when she is home, but the text never arrives. Lea’s mother Florence waits up for her to come home and gets increasing concerned as the hours tick away. She stays up all night but Lea never returns.
Over the next few days they start looking for Lea and the plot thickens as the family start to find out lots of things about her that they never knew. She had plenty of secrets each one leading out to another character to be drawn into the investigation. Her father Julien, becomes obsessed with the case as the days turn into weeks and starts an investigation of his own, doubting the police are doing their job properly. In fact the two police Bertrand Molina, newly transferred from Paris and the younger officer Camille Guerin are taking the case very seriously indeed leaving no stone unturned.
Julien runs a restaurant with his brother Jean and Jeans daughter Chris is Lea’s best friend so the investigation takes a deep look into the family’s lives. Each member has secrets of their own that come to light with Molina’s brusque interrogation technique and you become suspicious of each and every one of them. I particularly enjoyed the characters in this drama, Lea’s father Julien was so driven to find out what had happened to his daughter and was totally believable. The policeman Molina was excellent, on the face of it hard talking and emotionless but with the arrival of his daughter you saw a softer side.
The plot is compelling, moves quickly has tons of twists and turns making captivating viewing. Just when you think it’s all over a further twist to the story changes the ending. A quality cast and fantastic character acting make The Disappearance a must watch.
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