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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 live with her biological family since her adoption--or appropriation, as it is chillingly called--had no legal basis, Cristina begins an investigation of her own in order to find out the truth.

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Bárbara Lombardo
as Cristina Quadri
Susana Campos
as Elisa Dominich
Hugo Arana
as Juez Barrenechea
Osvaldo Santoro
as Pablo Quadri
Noemí Frenkel
as Licenciada Bernstein
Silvia Bayle
as Adela de Quadri
Luis Gianneo
as Doctor Gómez
Margara Alonso
as Hermana Teresa
Marcela Ferradás
as Prof. Lucrecia
Antonio Ugo
as Jorge Macías, Tuco
Floria Bloise
as Madre Superiora
Hana Purita
as Graciela de Macías
Gisèle Benoldi
as Susana Macías
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  • Part detective story, part coming of political age saga, and all teenage identity crisis.

    Feb 9, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

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

    Nov 24, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 23, 2006
  • 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.

    Nov 10, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • 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.

    Nov 9, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

    Jan Stuart

    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.

    Nov 7, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 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] [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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