In 1938, Alfred Katz was a young Trotskyist activist who worked as a typesetter. He was torn between his love for Mila (a muse and model to the surrealists) and his political activities (made dangerous by Stalin's anti-Trotskyist manhunts). Fifty years later, a young woman named Louise tries to clear up the circumstances surrounding Katz's mysterious disappearance.
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"It looks like a Ken Loach remake of 'Jules and Jim' . . . a bold and elegant first feature."
"'Disparus' never seems to waver. It is a political film in the 'cool-headed' sense, which means you leave the theater less ignorant, more enlightened and maybe permanently troubled over the issue of commitment."
"'Disparus' could be seen as a variation on mourning and memory that is very intense (the film gets more engrossing as it goes along). Although funerals drive the action, the director focuses only on the living. Which creates the stimulating paradox of a film built on staging that stirs up each scene."
"On the basis of 'Disparus,' it's clear that Gilles Bourdos has bluster . . . What's nice about breezy film-makers is that they bring a breath of fresh air with them."
("Le Nouvel Observateur")