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Captive

Released Nov 10, 2006 1h 55m Drama List
73% Tomatometer 15 Reviews 80% Audience Score 500+ Ratings In 1994 Argentina, Cristina Quadri (Bárbara Lombardo), a teen from a well-to-do family, leads a charmed life. But when she's summoned in front of a judge one day, she learns the shocking truth of her real parents' disappearance during Argentina's "Dirty War" of the 1970s. Her actual name is Sofía Lombardi, and now she must live with her real grandmother (Susana Campos), a total stranger. With her life forever changed, Cristina works to uncover the deceit that for years kept her from the truth. Read More Read Less

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Ty Burr Boston Globe Part detective story, part coming of political age saga, and all teenage identity crisis. Rated: 3/4 Feb 9, 2007 Full Review Sam Adams Los Angeles Times If Biraben had devoted more energy to the human contours of his story, its metaphorical implications would have sorted themselves out. Rated: 2/5 Nov 24, 2006 Full Review V.A. Musetto New York Post The Argentine thriller Cautiva features a solid performance by 23-year-old Barbara Lombardo that goes a long way in making up for the telenovela script. Rated: 2.5/4 Nov 10, 2006 Full Review David Walsh World Socialist Web Site The consequences of the military rule for the children or families of the "disappeared" is a recurring theme in Argentine films, and, again, an entirely legitimate one. Feb 15, 2021 Full Review Greg Muskewitz eFilmCritic.com Rated: 4/5 Apr 12, 2011 Full Review Louis Proyect rec.arts.movies.reviews An almost Kafkaesque story of the daughter of two "disappeared" parents in Argentina discovering her true identity. Similar to "The Official Story" but with a key difference. The daughter is a teenager rather than a 5 year old and hence more vulnerable to Jan 15, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Wow. Just wow. Every now and then, a movie comes along that exceeds your expectations. Something you're. truly not ready for. There is so much depth in Captive (Cautiva). I highly recommend it. It follows the story of a girl who finds out her family is actually not her own and that she was given to another family at birth. She now has to go and live with her biological family. Acting: 10 While I am not familiar with many of the actors/actresses in Captive, I must say I loved Barbara Lombardo's performance. She plays the daughter torn between two worlds. I love the passion that she captures in the role along with her ambiguity. She was stellar. Beginning: 2 Very slow start and one of the only things keeping this movie from begin a classic. If I hadn't committed to watching this to review it, I may have turned from it after the first ten minutes. Glad I gave it a fair shake as things definitely pick up. Characters: 10 Cinematography/Visuals: 10 Director Gaston Biraben gives you a great look into the 90's world of Argentina. Each scene was captivating and enlightening at the same time. You are really are thrown into two different worlds with the court system being the tie that binds. Conflict: 10 What a daunting story! You can't help but ask yourself how you would handle a situation like this. As I mentioned above, there is so much to unpack as the story unfolds and it creates great conflict overall. Entertainment Value: 6 Memorability: 10 I've seen a number of movies since, but this movie came rushing back to me as soon as I turned it on. Great cast. Great story with depth that leaves a number of questions. Definitely leaves an impression. Pace: 10 The story moves very consistently from beginning to end. As things start to unfold, you are left wondering what the end result will be. The conflict keeps the pace in check driving the story forward at a solid clip. Plot: 10 Resolution: 6 Overall: 84 The main character's persistence in finding out the truth of everything happening drives Captive for me. It's a drama turned mystery and I appreciate how it evolves. I am so glad I didn't judge the movie by its first ten minutes because it's great. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Cautiva (meaning: "captured" in English) is an interesting Argentinian movie about a girl who, at 16 years of age, is suddenly told by strangers, her country's government, that she was living with a false name and false parents. I found this to be a very interesting yet dark thriller based on truth of a governmental dictatorship of Argentina in the late 1970s that suppressed politcal opponents by clandestinely exterminating them and by reappropriating their biproducts into households oblvious to the fact that their adoptive children were technically kidnapped children. The main character in this movie, a 16 year old girl, Christina Quadri (Played brilliantly by Barbara Lombardo) is told by a judge that results of a DNA test revealed that she was the daughter of mother and father architects who were outspokens opponents of the country's dictatorship in the 1970s. That her mother and father, whom she'd lived the first 16 years of her life, weren't her true biological parents. The movie turns into a sort of thriller as the young girl flees, in denial running away from her biological grandmother in an amazing cinematographical moment: the protagonist has no idea who the antagonist really is: her parents she lived with, the judge, or her apparent biological parents. Her confusion is perfectly acted. The movie has a very dark aura about it but is pretty interesting. The film director seems to blur everything around the main character artistically imprinting the confusion felt by the character. All in all, it's a painful story to watch. The character development is limited to the girl. The movie sheds darkness, if you will, on a past of a country during a period of celebration, the country's world cup soccer victory in Buenos Aires in 1978. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member It was really slow, and very anticlimactic. The story, based on real events, was a touching one though. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member great movie about argentina's "disappeared" and the fallout from the last dictatorship there in the late seventies. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member This was a stunner of a movie! Interesting in a historical and political sense. I thought the ending music and shot of the stars was a lovely note to end on. A very touching film. The young actress, Barbara Lombardo, who plays the teen, does an excellent job. The director deserves credit for a clearly presented story. Seemingly very realistic portrayal of a tragic part of Argentina's past. Worth seeing. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member If you studied Argentina this might interest you. It's really good. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In 1994 Argentina, Cristina Quadri (Bárbara Lombardo), a teen from a well-to-do family, leads a charmed life. But when she's summoned in front of a judge one day, she learns the shocking truth of her real parents' disappearance during Argentina's "Dirty War" of the 1970s. Her actual name is Sofía Lombardi, and now she must live with her real grandmother (Susana Campos), a total stranger. With her life forever changed, Cristina works to uncover the deceit that for years kept her from the truth.
Director
Gaston Biraben
Producer
Gaston Biraben
Screenwriter
Gaston Biraben
Distributor
Laemmle/Zeller Films
Genre
Drama
Original Language
Spanish
Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 10, 2006, Limited
Release Date (DVD)
Aug 14, 2007
Runtime
1h 55m