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Bunny Lake Is Missing

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United Kingdom · 1965
1h 47m
Director Otto Preminger
Starring Laurence Olivier, Carol Lynley, Keir Dullea, Martita Hunt
Genre Drama, Mystery, Thriller

When Ann Lake returns to a nursery school in the Hampstead area of London to collect Bunny, her four-year-old daughter, everyone from the headmistress down tells her that they have no record of her child ever having been enrolled at the school. As Ann digs deeper, all evidence of Bunny’s existence has been erased.

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Time Out by

A brief appearance by The Zombies places the time of the season quite neatly, though London doesn't so much swing as creak eerily.


Chicago Reader by Dave Kehr

As in The Human Factor, Preminger approaches the mystery of human irrationality and emotion through logic and detachment; the effect is stingingly poignant.


The New York Times by J. Hoberman

The movie has its share of logical inconsistencies, although to dwell on them is to ignore its deliberate ambiguities and considerable panache.


USA Today by Mike Clark

Ahead of its time in its attitude toward unwed motherhood, director Otto Preminger's psychological drama has always gotten the same pro/con reaction that typifies Preminger's career. On the chilly side, it also has a great understated Olivier performance, an effective Paul Glass score and some of the era's best widescreen black-and-white photography. [28 Jan 2005, p.4D]


The A.V. Club by Tasha Robinson

It walks a fascinating line between morbid humor and outright horror, and it consistently defies expectations by resetting them at every possible step.

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