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The Disappeared: a haunting drama of men adrift at sea

3 out of 4 stars

Written by
Shandi Mitchell
Directed by
Shandi Mitchell
Starring
Billy Campbell, Ryan Doucette and Brian Downey
Classification
14A
Country
Canada
Language
English

Who needs a Hollywood budget to make a haunting drama of men adrift at sea?

One week after Robert Redford stormed into theatres with All Is Lost, this tale of six shipwrecked fishermen, two dories and an endless empty sea arrives from the East Coast as a sort of minimalist Canadian response, a chamber piece about creeping dread.

Aided by splendid sound design and ace cinematography, rookie writer-director Shandi Mitchell displays a veteran's control of character, tone and pacing, moving from the brief early moments in which the men, in high spirits, begin to row 200 miles for shore, to the elongated later scenes when the rations run out and so does their hope.

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See it on the big screen to appreciate their plight. They may disappear, but they'll stay with you for days.

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About the Author
Senior Media Writer

Simon Houpt is the Globe and Mail's senior media writer, charged with covering the industry's transformation. He began his career with The Globe in 1999 as the paper's New York arts correspondent, covering the cultural life of that city through Canadian eyes. More

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