Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA/France, 1988. Warner Bros., The Mount Company. Screenplay by Gerard Brach, Roman Polanski. Cinematography by Witold Sobocinski. Produced by Tim Hampton, Thom Mount. Music by Ennio Morricone. Production Design by Pierre Guffroy. Costume Design by Anthony Powell. Film Editing by Sam O’Steen.
Very cool thriller by Roman Polanski stars Harrison Ford (unusually excellent) as a successful doctor visiting Paris with his wife (Betty Buckley) in order to give a presentation at a conference. Their first day in the city, Ford takes a shower in their hotel room while his wife, in a superbly creepy scene, vanishes without a trace. Polanski and Gerard Brach’s clever screenplay brilliantly puts our character through the wringer as he starts off without a single clue as to where to look for his wife, then slowly gets a grasp of the seedier side of Paris in his efforts to get her back. Emmanuelle Seigner is terrific as a young woman whose mix up with a suitcase at the Paris airport provides a significant clue to the mystery. Ford displays much more than his usual three facial expressions in this Hitchcockian story that loses some of its momentum towards its conclusion but still has enough bite to be good.