I rented this 1965 film because I recently read that Reese Witherspoon had backed out of negotiations to play the lead role in the remake. The film sounded intriguing, so I gave it a chance, and it didn’t disappoint until the end.
It’s about a young woman who moves to England with her 4-year-old daughter to live with her brother. She drops her child off at a new day care center one morning (although we never actually see her do it), and when she returns, her daughter, Bunny Lake, is missing. Police investigate the disappearance, and eventually begin to believe that Bunny may have never existed.
I won’t spoil the ending for those who might be interested in renting it, but it was a bit of a let down. The film is brilliantly set up and makes the audience wonder the outcome up until the very end, but the conclusion is a bit unbelievable, and I think it would have to change in order for modern day audiences to buy it and feel satisfied.
I can, however, envision Witherspoon in the lead, and I think she would do a much better job than the original actors, who didn’t seem as upset as they should be about the child’s disappearance. Maybe she will reconsider.