27 October 1988, and received positive reviews. Rex and Saskia, are on holiday in France. As the vanishing tim krabbe pdf drive, Saskia shares a recurring dream in which she is drifting through space in a golden egg. Rex promises to never abandon Saskia and they bury two coins at the base of a tree as a symbol of their romance.
Saskia enters the petrol station to buy drinks and does not return. Rex frantically searches for her. Some time earlier, Raymond, a wealthy family man, secretly plots to abduct a woman. When his initial attempts at abduction fail, he poses as an injured motorist in need of assistance and goes to the rest area out of town where he will not be recognised.
Three years after Saskia’s disappearance, Rex is still searching for her. Unknown to Rex, the cafe is directly opposite Raymond’s apartment, where he watches Rex wait. Rex’s new girlfriend, Lieneke, reluctantly helps him search for Saskia. One day, Rex has a dream similar to Saskia’s in which he is trapped in a golden egg. Unable to endure his obsession, Lieneke leaves him. Rex makes a public appeal on television, saying he only wants to know the truth about what happened to Saskia. As they drive, Raymond says that he has known from a young age that he has no conscience, and is therefore capable of anything.
After saving a young girl from drowning, he resolved to commit the worst crime he could imagine to learn whether doing something good felt better. He describes how he kidnapped Saskia at the rest stop by posing as a traveling salesman and enticing her into his car after she asked about buying a gift for Rex. Raymond takes Rex to the rest area. He dismisses Rex’s threats of police action, saying there is no evidence connecting him to the crime.
He pours Rex a cup of drugged coffee, and tells him the only way to learn what happened to Saskia is to experience it himself. As Raymond waits in the car, Rex rages, unsure of what to do. After digging up the coins he and Saskia buried years earlier, he drinks the coffee and awakens buried in a box underground. Raymond relaxes at his country home, surrounded by his wife and children. Three years after Saskia vanishes at a service station, Rex is still searching for her, obsessed with finding out what happened to her. Saskia Wagter, Rex’s Dutch girlfriend who travels with him through France until she goes missing at the service station.
Gwen Eckhaus as Lieneke, whom Rex begins dating three years after Saskia’s disappearance. Bernadette Le Saché as Simone Lemorne, Raymond’s wife. Like the rest of her family, she is completely unaware of Raymond’s crime. As the film was set in France, Krabbé asked Sluizer about names of towns and he advised him on town names as well as family names. Sluizer had access to the early manuscripts of the novel and after reading the first few chapters he stated that he wanted to buy the film rights.
Krabbé initially offered to write the script for Sluizer after he had finished the book. Sluizier described the scripts first draft as “not bad, but not good” and wrote the second draft along with Krabbé. The two continued on a third draft together and Sluizer stated that they began having what Sluizier described as a “difference of opinion” on what should happen in the film, the placing of scenes and how to dramatically tell the story. Sluizer stopped working with Krabbé stating that he had bought the film rights and he will finish the script himself, which angered Krabbé. The film accurately portrays the narrative within the novel, apart from two factors: firstly, the film’s narrative is more complicated than the novel.