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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.

Cast & Crew

Bárbara Lombardo
Cristina, Sofia
Osvaldo Santoro
Pablo Quadri
Silvia Baylé
Adela Quadri
Gaston Biraben
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Gaston Biraben
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Gaston Biraben
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Critic Reviews for Captive

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (4)

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

    February 9, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • If Biraben had devoted more energy to the human contours of his story, its metaphorical implications would have sorted themselves out.

    November 24, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • The debut feature of Gastn 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.

    November 9, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • This intriguing debut by Argentinean writer-director Gaston Biraben sets up a lot of tough choices before finally taking the easy way out.

    November 7, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Another mediocre Argentinean film to ride into town on a wave of inexplicable critical approval.

    November 5, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Captive

  • Mar 01, 2008
    [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] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [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] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]By the way, are their any human rights abuses that Henry Kissinger has not had a connection with?[/font]
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