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The Lady Vanishes (2013)


The Lady Vanishes

The more productions I watch set in the 1930 era, the more I am convinced it’s “my era.” It’s the timeframe I seem to love most that once upon a time likely came in last. I’m not sure if the change came about because “bonnet” costume drama was so dominant and this is a new world to discover or if I like the sassiness that seems to accompany this era, either way, fans of this age or classy mystery will want to see the latest BBC masterpiece, which is now finally on DVD in the states.  

Along with her young group of friends, wealthy socialite Iris Carr (Tuppence Middleton) is currently travelling by train through foreign countries with scenic stops along the way and days full of leisure. Their latest stop is at a quint hotel where the group meets a host of fellow guests including the quiet Reverend Barnes and his wife (Pip Torres, Sandy McDade), a mysterious couple (Julian Rhind-Tutt, Keeley Hawes) who have secrets and the prudish, gossip-y travelling companions, sisters Rose and Evelyn Floodporter (Gemma Jones, Stephanie Cole).

After an unpleasant confrontation, Iris decides she’s had enough of her ner-do-well friends and elects to remain behind while her party travels ahead. A day alone, wandering the countryside makes Iris realize how fragile her position is – alone with no family but money to her name, she decides to re-join her party a day prior to when all of the hotel guests are scheduled to depart.

Iris barely manages to board the train in time only to find that every single one of the hotel guests is also travelling on this train. Frustrated over a language barrier and feeling the aftereffects of nasty fall, Iris is befriended by a kindly Englishwoman woman named Miss Froy (Selina Cadell) only to awake from sleep to find her companion missing. Confused over fellow passengers claim there is no such person, Iris catches the attention of a young university student, Max (Tom Hughes) and his professor (Alex Jennings) who try to help sort out Iris’ hysterical claims. The more she searches to find out the fate of Miss Froy, the more her existence is erased – is Iris mistaken or are there mysterious games afoot? 

Only lately released in the states (this past month, I believe). This movie is actually very good and was over far too soon for my pleasure. It begins introducing us to a heroine who is anything but – she’s a selfish, spoiled young woman who though alone in life hasn’t really a care who she hurts so long as she can live in the style she has become accustomed to. Iris takes some time to warm up to though her spunk is immediately fun and of course, eventually when the mystery gets rolling, I was sold on this Hitchcock-esque style of story-telling. 
 
Featuring a familiar array of British talent, this was the first time I’d seem Middleton in anything and I must say I was very impressed. She not only physically fit the era (her personality and looks suited the time picture perfectly), but how she played the character was a fabulous study in brilliance. There’s a dash of romance also which serves to lighten the mood of a script that does get a bit dreary on occasion, wondering into just a smidgeon of the macabre. Anyone who isn’t fond of an ambiguous ending should probably skip over this on though, uncharacteristic of my preference, I actually thought the ending was darling. It was entertaining, upbeat and dare I say it, full of promise. That’s good enough for me. 

Rounding out the good, the costumes are naturally stylish and pretty as is the countryside scenes which I suppose bookends the story considering the entire film basically is confined to a train. There are some odd moments and a back-and-forth question wavering between sanity and insanity means this may not be a film for everyone, however if you like British mystery, you should enjoy this one. It’s gutsy in surprising ways, has a fabulous wind-up to its climax and as previously gushed over, the cast is phenomenal. With all that to its credit, there isn’t much more to be said about this. Except for maybe, where's the sequel?
 
Have a look at the trailer.


(Parental review, the film rates a PG. there is an extra-marital affair rumor and perhaps a minor innuendo, a woman accuses a girl of flirting/sleeping with her husband. A woman is taken against her will, while drugged and another is hidden away, tied up.)

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  1. OOH I must be seriously locked away in my own world lately because I hadn't even heard of this one. Must watch!

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    1. It's really quite good, Melissa - it's a shorter time length (just the length of a 90-some minute film) but is so entertaining, the viewer doesn't care. Hope you like it if/when you see it. :)

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  2. Very nice review, Rissi! I liked this a lot too -- mysterious, adorable, and a little scary all at once. :D

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    1. YES! You say it exactly as it is, Sarah - "mysterious, adorable and a little scary." That's this movie to a T. :)

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  3. I saw the trailer to this a month or so ago and I was intrigued. I will have to put it on my to-watch list.

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    1. If you like mysteries, it's quite good, Ella. And of course, its greatest advantage is, it's BRITISH! ;)

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  4. A new BBC masterpiece movie I haven't heard of?! Oh my gosh *running to tell my sisters*. I must watch this! Thanks for spreading the word on this one. Sounds great!

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    1. Yay! Hope you and your sisters enjoy this, Bekah - both my mom and I really liked it and of course, being a British movie made it all the MORE appealing. :)

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  5. I love stories set in the 1930s, too! There's something so special about them. I haven't seen this adaptation, but last year I watched the classic Hitchcock film adaptation. It was really good, so I'll probably try to check this one out, too!

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    1. Oh, fun! If you liked another adaptation of this, Kristin, you'd most likely enjoy this one. :)

      ...and I agree; there IS something special about 30's era films (especially the "modern" ones), I don't know what, but there's definitely a pull to them. :)

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  6. I think I'm going to put this on my "to-watch" list :)

    walking in the air.

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    1. Fun. Hope you enjoy this, Hannah! :)

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  7. Huh, I may need to give it a try. Although it's not Hitchock-esque, but is based off one of his actual films. I saw it once, many, many years ago, and remember almost nothing about it. One of his lesser-known films, of which there are many.

    I love the 1930s too! Although I've discovered I like movies actually filmed in the 30s best. There's a few exceptions to the rule, like the awesome Jeeves & Wooster series from the 90s, but most of the time it's movies from the 30s set in their own era. There was something so magical about the time that modern film can't quite capture. :)

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    1. You probably saw an older version of this, Carissa? I only ask that because this one was made/released within the last two years and so perhaps this newer version would be more to your liking. Or perhaps it's just the story you don't care for. :)

      I tend to prefer the newbie 30's vs. the oldies though now and again I really enjoy a Shirley Temple movie or Deanna Durbin or a musical. Just depends on my mood! ;)

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  8. I hadn't heard of this, though I usually pride myself on -at least knowing about- everything period the British make. But I'm not a big mystery fan, so maybe that's why it's slipped my radar.

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    1. If you don't like mystery, you may not enjoy this one, then, Birdie. It's got a bit of everything in it - "lighthearted" sleuthing, humor, drama, romance and then it gets a bit of its "dark" mystery on. I thought it was sensational but it's not for everyone. Hope if you ever give it a try, you like it. :)

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  9. Ooooh! I'm going to have to either rent this or purchase a copy. I love Poirot and Hitchcock and this era as well. I'm not sure if I'll love the ending as much as you, but maybe I will. :)

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    1. Usually I would detest this type of ending, Tressa... but I don't know, it sat just great with me this time around. Maybe because of its playful (read "promising") scenario or maybe I was just in the right mood. Either way, the movie is still quite smashing - the historical detail is such fun. :)

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  10. I saw this on PBS last year, and loved this new take on the classic Hitchcock =)

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    1. Ditto. I haven't seen the oldie, but really loved this one, Natalie! :)

      Super glad you stopped by - I was just realizing I needed to catch up on your blog.

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  11. Rissi, I enjoyed your review! My husband and I saw this a few months ago on PBS, but we didn't know anyone else who had seen it. It was so great to read your take on it. I agree with you: we liked the fact that the heroine was far from perfect. Interesting film!

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    1. Hi, Jordan! Thanks for reading.

      Yay! Glad to meet another fan of this one - it really was a fun film and as you say, refreshing to meet a heroine who wasn't perfect. I wound up really liking her by the time all was said and done, and despite the ending (which usually I would detest), this is one of my favorite mystery flicks.

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  12. Yes, I really liked her by the end, too! Her compassion towards a stranger and her persistence in assuring the woman's well-being go a long way in my book.

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    1. Absolutely! In any kind of story, it's pretty important to like the leads. :)

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