Bunny Lake Is Missing

1965

Action / Mystery / Thriller

47
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 82%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 78%
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 6235

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Laurence Olivier as Superintendent Newhouse
Oliver Reed as Plain Clothes Policeman
Carol Lynley as Ann Lake
Keir Dullea as Steven Lake
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Mohamed Abdalla 7 / 10

Well made old twisted version of Flightplan.

Don't get me wrong from the Summary,it's not a movie on a plane, but it's about a missing child that the police doubt her existence.

It's a straight to the point movie without any extra unnecessary events, it starts with a scene of the child's family moving from US to England.Then when the mother goes to retrieve the daughter from the school after her first day there, she does not find her and what make it worse that no one saw or had a trace of the child.

The movie has a good rhythm and you will not get bored easily watching it, watching the performance of actors is really a great experience, specially the always worrying look on the face of "Carol Lynley".

The few characters involved gave the movie a good spirit,however it didn't affect the quality of the plot but it enhanced it by the variety of theories trying to explain the accident.

Finally, it's a good classic mystery/thriller movie that will give you a good finale but it lacks the adrenaline rush throughout it.

Reviewed by seymourblack-1 8 / 10

Dark, Unsettling & Tense

Saul Bass' opening credits and Paul Glass' jazzy score set the tone for this psychological thriller about the disappearance of a little girl and the police investigation that follows. The atmosphere is dark, unsettling and tense and is beautifully enhanced by Denys N Coop's magnificent cinematography. There's something undeniably perverse about the behaviours of many of the story's characters and this not only complicates the investigation but also increases the number of potential suspects.

After arriving in London from the United States, single mother Ann Lake (Carol Lynley) takes her 4-year-old daughter, Bunny, to be enrolled at a local nursery. With no staff members available to receive the new pupil, Ann enters the kitchen and informs the grumpy German cook that she's leaving the child in the building's "First Day Room" and rushes off to meet the removal men who are waiting to move her possessions into the apartment that she's due to share with her journalist brother, Steven (Keir Dullea). Later that day, when she goes back to the "Little People's Garden School" she's horrified to discover that Bunny has disappeared and none of the staff seem very helpful or indeed, willing to take any responsibility. Ann turns to Steven for help and after he carries out a search of the building, they decide to call the police.

Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Newhouse (Laurence Olivier) is assigned to the case and discovers that no-one at the nursery remembers seeing the little girl and the cook has quit her job. Furthermore,when one of his detectives goes with Steven to his apartment to get a photograph of the missing girl, they find that all Bunny's belongings have mysteriously disappeared. This leads Newhouse to question whether Bunny actually exists and when he's informed that, as a child, Ann had an imaginary playmate, also called Bunny, he starts to have doubts about Ann's mental state.

Ann feels frustrated about not being able to prove that Bunny exists until she remembers that she has a receipt for one of the girl's dolls which she'd taken to a nearby shop for repair. When she succeeds in collecting the doll, things suddenly become more sinister in a way that shocks her but eventually enables the mystery surrounding Bunny's disappearance to be solved.

The eccentricities of the characters in this movie, provide a great deal of interest for its audience as well as providing the actors with some colourful roles that they're able to exploit to the full. Ada Ford (Marita Hunt) is the retired co-founder of the nursery who lives (seemingly as a recluse) in an attic room where she spends her time researching and writing about her rather unhealthy interest in children's nightmares. Ann's creepy landlord Horatio Wilson (Noel Coward) is an alcoholic, masochist and radio broadcaster who, despite being gay, still hits on her and tries to impress her with his "melodious voice". Superintendent Newhouse is thoughtful, reserved and methodical in his work and also recognises that Ann and Steven's relationship seems more like that of a married couple rather than that of a typical brother and sister. The acting performances are all of the highest calibre and enormously enjoyable to watch.

"Bunny Lake Is Missing" didn't receive the critical or commercial success it deserved at the time of its initial release but has achieved greater recognition since. It certainly does well at evoking the period in which it's set and in this connection, the three songs contributed by "The Zombies" are both important and great to hear again.

Reviewed by elvircorhodzic 7 / 10

"...sleep well,...both of you,....now that you exist..."

BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING is a psychological thriller film as a puzzling mystery about a little girl who disappears without a trace in her first day in a nursery school. It was based on the novel of the same name by Merriam Modell. The idea about a child who is born out of wedlock, and too close relationship between brother and sister is intriguing enough without mysterious background.

Ann is a single mother who recently moved to London from New York. She wishes to drop off her daughter Bunny for the girl's first day at a new nursery school. However, Ann cannot locate any teachers or administrators, only the school's disgruntled cook. She is forced to leave Bunny unsupervised in the building's "first day" room, under the reassurance that the cook will be responsible for the child. When Ann returns in the afternoon, the cook has quit and Bunny Lake is missing. An administrator recalls meeting with Ann but claims never to have seen the missing child. Ann and her brother Steven, in desperation, call the police. However, some of the evidence pointing to the fact that the little girl actually never existed...

A striking pair of possibly incestuous siblings comes in an eccentric environment. It is difficult to draw a line between a perversion and objectivity in the case of a missing child. It's about secrets from childhood, or some sort of guilt? The story and direction are somewhat illogical and unclear. The plots blend from bizarre, expressionist to surreal moments. In the background of all this is a tantalizing mystery of a motherhood, kindness, disbelief, skepticism and madness. The characterization could have been better.

Carol Lynley as Ann Lake is scared and distraught mother, who has to quickly connect strings in her life. Keir Dullea as Steven Lake is her distressed brother who has managed to draw a thin line between madness and kindness. Their bizarre game at the end of the film is a sort of culmination of their trepidation.

Laurence Olivier as Superintendent Newhouse has stole the show as a somewhat cynical, but very detailed inspector.

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