Frantic (1988)

ROMAN POLANSKI

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA/France, 1988Warner Bros., The Mount Company.  Screenplay by , Roman Polanski.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Very cool thriller by Roman Polanski stars Harrison Ford (unusually excellent) as a successful doctor visiting Paris with his wife () 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. 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.

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