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Disappearances (2006)

Lothaire Bluteau , Genevive Bujold , Jay Craven  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lothaire Bluteau, Genevive Bujold, Gary Farmer, John Griesemer, William Sanderson
  • Directors: Jay Craven
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Screen Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 3, 2007
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OY8NFG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,959 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Forced to smuggle whiskey in an attempt to save his family, Quebec Bill (Kris Kristofferson) and his son will embark on an unforgettable trip. This wild journey through vast reaches of the wilderness will lead them to discover a haunted and elusive past. Disappearances features Kris Kristofferson's greatest performance to date in this beautifully shot western adventure.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disappearances worth sticking around for September 26, 2007
By Thomas
What a delight! In a market where we excuse bad lines delivered by flat
characters for a few dozen more explosions, dazzling special effects, and everything else twenty million dollars can buy, I love Disappearances for its charm, its clever script handled by a well-appointed cast, and its beautiful photography.

The movie is thoroughly rural. Like the countryside where it was
produced, Disappearances unfolds itself slowly but magnificently. Do not expect to find your heart in your throat for two hours, followed by a climactic, tidy resolution to the cosmos. Disappearances tells a story of
father and son, and it is rightly more of a process than a particular event. In that regard, the plot development is stylistically closer to eastern European cinema than it is to its American peers.

With only a couple hitches (a couple characters are more prop than talent), Disappearances' strong symbiosis of script and talent is the film's greatest offering. The superb synergy of Farmer and McDermott with the others, the perfect casting of Sanderson to character, and an excellent performance by Kristofferson, have me pinching myself at times to remember these people aren't actually family. Disappearances ventures further, or more believably, into the psychology of its main characters than many American films dare go.

If the fact that Jay Craven was ambitious with his budget shows at times during Disappearances, it becomes more of a mark of honor than a detractor. This film is the antithesis to the contemporary action blockbuster. The film moves slowly at times, and the action is not always plausible, but the characters are enchanting. Besides, our suspension of disbelief in the cinema is an aesthetic choice above all, and I appreciate the way Disappearances, in its fusion of magic realism and frontier, challenges me to look at movies anew.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Proof or Poof! July 9, 2007
`Disappearances' is an enigma. Taking place during the Great Depression in Vermont, we get an outlaw caper and a tale of the supernatural. The movie is more worthy than not, but when it relies on the former, we get captivating adventure; when it relies on the latter we get more mood than substance. Kris Kristopherson, featuring one of his best performances in memory, leads an assorted cast through peril during the Prohibition.

Quebec's the name and making ends meet is the game. As his family farm loses collaterol and the money to buy hay for the animals, Quebec's stubbornness makes things even harder on the rest of family. After he runs out of honest means, he decides to go back to smuggling whiskey from across the border. The women folk don't like him much, but his son "Wild Bill" is the apple of his eye. Just like his own father, Quebec looks to his next of kin to be as much of a rascal as he is. For schooling, "Wild Bill" has elder Aunt Cordelia (Genevieve Bluteau) to rely upon at the school house. She tries to rear him as far away from his father and always warns him, "Always determine what your father would do in a situation. Then do the opposite." 'Paradise Lost' is a staple piece of literature she uses, but her actual presence seems to draw more from Uncle Henry (Gary Farmer), a Native American who runs a car dealership in town. As reluctant as everyone else, Henry agrees to come along and let him use his own precious vehicle. Along the way we first get a load of ponderous conversation that's meant to rationalize the whole deal, but the sets and costumes transport us nicely enough in a beautiful bar scene. Before we can judge the prize, we have to get a taste first afterall. And so does Bill.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whiskey running and mysticism May 23, 2009
Kingdom County is still a place of wonders.

Do not expect a straightforward story here. Different realities fade in and out of this movie. People come and go- and death isn't necessarily an end. It is alot like life, or at least life naturally perceived. You have an interwoven fabric of hard natural practicalities and of mystical insights. This is the way native Americans saw life, so too could some of european descent before the mass-brainwashing of the media- and this film is set in 1932 in the north woods before total brainwashing took hold. Kingdom county was disappearing, yet it was still a place of wonders.

This could be a mythic hero tale with William, his father, and their companions travelling North for adventure as much as whiskey- and finding much more than they originally bargained for. In the end some answers are found, some mystery remains, and some things melt away into the beyond.

The character of Cordelia sums up the movie when she instructs young William to never perceive the ordinary without also perceiving the extra-ordinary in it. Many realities exist around us- all of which are ultimately an illusion. And what is life without some mystery to it...
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars North Country personified October 2, 2007
I was delighted to find this movie the other day and snatched it up immediately. DISAPPEARANCES, a book by my favourite author, Howard Frank Mosher, was enough of a draw; and I knew without looking that it had to have been filmed by Jay Craven, who has an innate understanding of the proper way to handle stories by Mr. Mosher in film, having already done a credible job with WHERE THE RIVERS RUN NORTH.

I had the distinct and unique pleasure of working for Jay Craven in the mid-80s and got a taste of the man's style and drive for correctness even back then, though I was but a lowly projectionist and all-around worker at the arts house of which he was the head. He does not go about a project without considering all the angles; he doesn't choose easy projects either, but ones that are filled with quirky, interesting individuals in every sense of that word. In DISAPPEARANCES, he hits the motherlode. As Quebec Bill, Kris Kristofferson plays his role with an enjoyment (dare I say joie de vivre) and energy that shows he was just having a dandy old time. Charlie McDermott, who portrays his young teenage son Wild Bill, brings a poignancy and depth of character that isn't often seen to this degree in an unknown young actor. He is phenomenal in this role, which is very much a father-son journey towards manhood and towards understanding each other, with a firm base to start of love and regard.

Quebec Bill is a fretfully reformed whiskey runner in this far-northern Vermont community known as Kingdom Common. He ran whiskey, his father ran whiskey, his grandfather ran whiskey. Risk and adventure are neither new to him nor against his current principles.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great
I first saw this movie on cable and couldn't catch it from beginning to end so I decided to purchase it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gadget Queen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film
This film is the perfect conjunction of superb performances by the entire cast and intelligent, sensitive writing. Read more
Published on January 15, 2011 by lsieg
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of their talent and my time
These are pretty good actors trying to make the best of unsympathetic characters and a wandering story line, but they cannot pull it off. Read more
Published on May 7, 2010 by Tom L.
2.0 out of 5 stars I wish this movie would disappear
Disappearances is a terrible movie. The acting is average, the pacing... my God, what's up with the pacing? Read more
Published on September 28, 2009 by B. E Jackson
3.0 out of 5 stars Gone Too Far
First of all, this film is not to be confused with "Disappeared," starring Ray Winstone as a father searching for his daughter, who might be lost to the sex trade in the Middle... Read more
Published on March 22, 2008 by R. Schultz
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly Beautiful and Unique
This is an example of American independent film making at it's finest. This is a real independent film, not one put out by a big studio with a fake Indie title. Read more
Published on January 1, 2008 by Robert Paterson
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst movie ever. Period
Worst movie ever. Period. I could have sworn I was stoned watching this film but I've never touched drugs in my life. Read more
Published on November 23, 2007 by Jim Watson
1.0 out of 5 stars It SU_Ked
This movie SU_Ked. It is absolutely terrible to the 3rd degree, solely on account of the inept production efforts to use Kris Kristofferson, and the stupid attempt to link... Read more
Published on August 11, 2007 by DeWorn out WoodMan
1.0 out of 5 stars love the music, but............
the music and the beautiful scenery are the only good things about this movie. i can't even imagine that people even like this movie. Read more
Published on August 6, 2007 by mysticjo
5.0 out of 5 stars Chandano Fuller-Filmmaker, Actor, Writer and Musician
Absolutely magical. I do believe that this is a gem of a film and among the best that I have seen in years. It is a great story that in the end fills you with a great yearning. Read more
Published on July 30, 2007 by Chandano Fuller
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