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And Soon the Darkness (1970)

Two young English women go on a cycling tour of the French countryside. When one of them goes missing, the other begins to search for her. But who can she trust?

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Paul
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Clare Kelly ...
Schoolmistress
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Madame Lassal (as Hana-Maria Pravda)
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Old Man
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Lassal
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Jane and Cathy, two English women in their early twenties, are on a cycling tour. While traveling in rural France, they begin to disagree about the route. Cathy would prefer to take things in at a leisurely pace, while Jane is trying to stick to strict schedule. After arguing, they part ways. When her friend fails to rejoin her, Jane begins to worry and returns to the last place she saw her. Cathy has vanished. Alone and with a limited knowledge of French, Jane doesn't know who to trust as she frantically searches for her missing friend. Written by L. Hamre

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Two beautiful girls...a bright summer day...trapped in a terrifying web of shock and suspense. See more »


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10 September 1970 (UK)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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John Carson was originally cast as the police gendarme but had to withdraw from the movie owing to his inability to drive a motorcycle. See more »

Goofs

(at around the 8 minute mark) When the man is watching the two girls cycling past him on the road, the camera and camera operator can clearly be seen reflected in his sunglasses. See more »

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A WELL CRAFTED LITTLE GEM
12 March 2004 | by (BOLTON, ENGLAND) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this on late night television years ago, and had very fond memories of it. Recently i caught up with it on dvd, and found that my memory had not let me down. Every aspect of this film demonstrates film making talent of the very highest order. The script is superb, keeping you guessing right up to the end. The acting of the leads is faultless, but the icing on the cake is the amazing direction by Fuest. He manages to turn the open, sunny, French countryside into a nightmare landscape. Gradually cranking up the tension, alienation, and paranoia with the skill of a master. He really should have been a massively successful director. Pure craftsmanship, with a very creepy edge.


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