La Captive (The Captive) (2003)
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Inspired by Proust's short story La Prisonniere, renowned filmmaker Chantel Akerman creates this challenging meditation on love, desire, and obsession. The film opens with grainy Super-8 footage showing Ariane (Sylvie Testud) and her female friends rollicking on a beach. Now Ariane lives in third empire splendor in the tony Parisian apartment that her rich significant other Simon (Stanislas Merhar), shares with his grandmother (Francoise Bertin). Simon proves to be a fanatically jealous lover;
Mar 28, 2003 Wide
Jan 27, 2004
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La Captive is so good that it makes amends for A Couch in New York, Akerman's simply dreadful 1996 English-language love story.
For the high-minded, literary, and formally invested viewers who are receptive to how she works and what she worries about, the film offers a starkly insinuating exercise in the contemplation of love.
Not-so-surprisingly drawn from a Proust work, the film is interesting, but is far from captivating.
It's like an even more inert version of Antonioni's L'Avventura without the overriding mystery that made that film so compelling and enduring.
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