TIFF 2017 Movie Review: DISAPPEARANCE (Norway 2017) ***

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2017. Go to TIFF 2017 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

Disappearance Poster
An incurably ill Dutch woman visits her family in Norway in hopes of reconnecting with her estranged mother.


Boudewijn Koole

Stars: Jakob OftebroRifka LodeizenElsie de Brauw 

A silent reconciliation or attempt at that anyway, between daughter and concert pianist mother will immediately draw comparison with Ingmar Bergman’s classic AUTUMN SONATA.

In DISAPPEARANCE, Norwegian photojournalist Roos (Rifka Lodeizen) makes her annual visit home. In the film, she stops her car in the middle of a snow field to smoke a fag.

While reaching the home, loud barking dogs greet her. These are signs that things are going to be rough with mother. Such is the enjoyment of DISAPPEARANCE, a slow moving but pensive tale where the mother, Louise (Elsie de Brauw), a celebrated former concert pianist, remains as cold and remote as the wintry alpine landscape she inhabits, while Roos’ precocious 13-year-old half-brother, Bengt (Marcus Hanssen), continues to conduct his experiments with sound recording and mixing.

The audience witnesses a dramatic transformation has transpired in Roos as she reconciles with Louise, in this stunningly photographed film.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToARBtyKts4