Captive (Cautiva) (2006)



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Movie Info

The film tells the story of Cristina, a typical Argentine teenager. Her life is suddenly uprooted when she is plucked out of class at the summons of a judge and the couple she knows as her parents are revealed to not be so. In the early '80s, her biological parents were "disappeared" for criticizing the military junta which had taken power in a coup. Surviving relatives of her biological parents, including Cristina's grandmother, have spent years trying to track down the child. Ordered to now … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Gastón Biraben
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 11, 2007
Laemmle/Zeller Films - Official Site



as Cristina/Sofia

as Judge

as Pablo Quadri

as Licenciada Bernstein

as Adela Quadri

as Angelica

as Dr. Gómez

as Hermana Teresa

as Prof. Lucrecia

as Jorge Macías, Tuco

as Madre Superiora

as Graciela de Macías

as Susana Macías
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Critic Reviews for Captive (Cautiva)

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (9)

Part detective story, part coming of political age saga, and all teenage identity crisis.

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
Boston Globe
Top Critic

If Biraben had devoted more energy to the human contours of his story, its metaphorical implications would have sorted themselves out.

Full Review… | November 24, 2006
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Neither Biraben's script nor his direction leave room for doubt as to how he feels about the nightmarish past, but he's smart enough to know that even justified outrage sometimes has to be tempered with the complexities of human intentions and realities.

Full Review… | November 23, 2006
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

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.

November 10, 2006
New York Post
Top Critic

The debut feature of Gastón Biraben, Cautiva is most potent in its first hour, as it bears witness to the disorientation and distrust experienced by a young girl whose life is suddenly turned upside down.

Full Review… | November 9, 2006
Top Critic

This intriguing debut by Argentinean writer-director Gaston Biraben sets up a lot of tough choices before finally taking the easy way out.

Full Review… | November 7, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Captive (Cautiva)

[font=Century Gothic]In "Cautiva," it is 1994 and Cristina(Barbara Lombardo) has just turned 15. She is a nautrally curious teenager in Argentina, living on the outskirts of Buenos Aires with her parents(Osvaldo Santoro & Silvia Bayle) and attending Catholic school. All of that changes when she is pulled out of school one day and brought to the office of Judge Barrenechea(Hugo Arana) who calmly informs her that everything she has known is a lie and that her real parents were a pair of architecture students who were disappeared by the military junta. And in the process, he introduces Cristina to her real grandmother(Susana Campos). In response, Cristina makes a break for it...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Cautiva" is a very compelling movie whose only major fault is an inexplicable scene. In normal circumstances, we can presume that adoptive parents may have a stronger bond with their children than their blood relations who gave them up. But in Argentina, where babies were taken from their parents during the military dictatorship between 1976 and 1983, the right thing to do is to reunite them with their original families.(Contrary to what a schoolmate of Cristina's thinks, something is being done to right the old wrongs.) In the end, Cristina is not only questioning her identity but also the identity and history of her country which up to this point she had been kept largely ignorant of. See, the personal is the political. [/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]By the way, are their any human rights abuses that Henry Kissinger has not had a connection with?[/font]

Walter M.

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